Truck Driver Negligence
Although most people would like to believe that truck drivers are experienced, responsible professionals who take their jobs – and the safety of others – seriously, unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, all too often, truck drivers make reckless and irresponsible choices that end up causing serious accidents, devastating injuries and, in the worst cases, death.
When truck driver negligence causes accidents, victims can rely on our Montgomery and Birmingham truck accident lawyer, Joe Reed, to get them compensation and justice.
When truck driver negligence has played any role in causing accidents, victims can rely on our attorney to do what it takes to get them the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled.
Common Forms Of Truck Driver Negligence
Some of the most common types of truck driver negligence include (but are not exclusive to):
- Drunk driving: The legal limit for commercial truck drivers is .04, which is half of the legal limit for motorists with standard drivers’ licenses. This means that truck drivers can be considered to be legally intoxicated just after one or two alcoholic beverages. Regardless of how many alcoholic drinks they have, however, if they are legally intoxicated while driving and they end up causing truck accidents, they will be liable for compensating accident victims.
- Disobeying traffic laws: Commercial truck drivers can be just as irresponsible when it comes to complying with traffic laws as any other motorists on the road may be. However, these drivers’ failure to obey traffic laws can have far more catastrophic effects, as behaviors like speeding, running red lights and even tailgating other drivers can result in severe accidents even when the large, heavy trucks are going at slower speeds.
- Failing to maintain their trucks: One of the commercial truck drivers’ responsibilities is to regularly inspect their trucks and get any worn, broken or malfunctioning equipment immediately repaired. In fact, this responsibility is a legal obligation, according to the federal trucking regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).When truckers fail to inspect their vehicles and/or get obviously defective or worn parts repaired and they end up causing accidents, they are considered to be negligent.
It’s important to highlight the fact that truck driver negligence is often coupled with the negligence of the trucking companies that employ these drivers, and skilled legal professionals can determine when either or both of these forms of negligence have contributed to truck accidents.
The Montgomery And Birmingham Truck Accident Attorney at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC
For more than 25 years, lawyer Reed has been dedicated to the pursuit of justice and advocating for the rights of those who’ve been injured due to others’ negligence. He has the experience, legal knowledge and resources to make him consistently effective at helping our clients obtain the best possible outcomes to their cases.
When you trust Mr. Reed to represent you, you can rely on our skilled and dependable truck accident attorney to:
- Build you a strong case
- Defend your rights at every step of the legal process
- Work tirelessly to resolve your case as favorably as possible
Learn more about your rights and case by attending an initial consultation. To set up this meeting today, call 334-834-2000 or email us using our contact form. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.