The Dangers of Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicle drivers are subject to much stricter regulations than ordinary drivers. This is because commercial vehicles (busses, trucks) are considerably bigger and often carry heavier loads which make them more dangerous, especially at higher speeds such as on highways. There are regulations for special licenses, work hours and safety protocols exclusive to commercial vehicle drivers.
In the event of something like an 18-wheeler accident with a passenger car, odds are that any damages, injuries and/or fatalities will accrue to the passenger vehicle and the people in them rather than the big rig and its driver. It is also most probable that when negligence is an issue, the driver will have very little wriggle room because they are so strictly regulated. Moreover, trucking companies and carriers are likely to be held liable for an accident together with the driver, so there is a stronger incentive to prioritize road safety and driver training. What then are the typical causes of a commercial vehicle accident?
There are two general types: driver-related and non-driver related. Driver-related causes include but are not limited to:
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Misjudgment of distances
- Sudden stops
- Unsecured loads
- Sudden turns at high speeds
- Aggressive driving
Non-driver related causes include but are not limited to:
- Mechanical failure
- Poor road or weather conditions
- Tire blowout
- Oil spills on the road
- Other vehicle in the no zone areas, swerving or overtaking incorrectly
- Stalled vehicle on the road
If the accident is due to negligence, it may be possible to prove that another party was responsible for your injuries. Commercial vehicles and their drivers typically carry generous insurance because they can cause considerable damage in the event of an accident, so you may be able to secure the financial compensation you need from the party responsible for your accident if you have been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle.