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Truck Driver Liability in a Commercial Truck Accident

All motor vehicle accidents have the potential to be catastrophic. But collisions involving commercial trucks are often some of the worst. People who are injured in trucking accidents can endure traumatic brain damage, loss of limb, paralysis, organ failure, and other life-threatening injuries. Others will suffer fatal injuries. 

Injury victims have the right to be made whole after an accident. The individual or entity who is responsible for causing the accident can be compelled to compensate the victim. It is not uncommon for truck driver negligence to cause these accidents. Read on to learn more about some of the different ways truck drivers cause commercial truck accidents. 

Drowsy Driving

Truck drivers have an enormous responsibility in operating commercial trucks. These massive vehicles are large enough to annihilate any other type of vehicle they might come into contact with. 

For this reason, truck drivers need to be especially careful with how long they are driving for. Driving for extended periods of time, as truckers often do, can make truckers drowsy, which makes it unsafe for them to drive.

When a trucking accident is caused by drowsy driving, the employer of the driver may also be held accountable for the victim's injuries. This is particularly true if the trucking company is in violation of federal trucking laws. 

Drunk or Drugged Driving

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only a traffic violation but is also against the law. Individuals who get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer while drunk or drugged can be held accountable in civil court, face criminal penalties, lose their commercial drivers license, and even be terminated from their jobs. 

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving can include any number of different traffic violations, but some of more common ones include speeding, failing to use a turn signal, failure to stop at a traffic light or stop sign, failure to yield, following too closely, and road rage, to name a few. 

Distracted Driving

Anything could distract a truck driver from the roads before them, but it’s up to the truck driver to avoid these distractions at all costs. Some of the various types of distracted driving by truck drivers include:

  • Texting 

  • Talking on the phone

  • Sending emails

  • Using social media

  • Any cell phone use

  • Music selection

  • Food and beverage

  • Other passengers 

  • Reading

Truck drivers who cause accidents through distracted driving can also be brought to justice in civil court and face other legal and employment consequences. 

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer on Long Island

The aftermath of a devastating truck accident can be just as traumatic as the accident itself. You don’t have to go through it alone. Get help in your pursuit of justice and call a dedicated Long Island truck accident attorney at Law Offices of Dennis Smith, PLLC. 

Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations to injury victims across New York. Take advantage of this opportunity and visit our website where you can submit our convenient contact form or call our office at 212-835-1699.

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