You have to go to work every day. You take the highway to get there, and you often see people who have slid off the roads or been involved in collisions.
Many times, it’s semi trucks that are involved in these crashes. The large vehicles are harder to control and maneuver, so in some ways, it makes sense that they’d be more likely to crash in the winter. Unfortunately, the inability of a driver to control their vehicle can lead to severe consequences for themselves and others.
If a truck accident happens, you deserve to receive support
If you’re involved in a trucking accident because of a driver’s inattention or inability to drive on slick or snowy roads, it’s important that you take steps to know your legal rights and seek compensation. Truck drivers earn their licenses. They test for them and should be trained to drive in the areas where they’ll be traveling. If they’re:
- Not prepared for slick or snowy roads
- Distracted by a mobile device
- Exhausted and likely to asleep behind the wheel
Then they should be held accountable for their actions. The injury you suffered because of a lapse in judgement or lack of preparation could result in injuries you are unprepared to handle on your own.
Who is really at fault?
Sometimes, truck drivers are not independent contractors but instead employees of larger companies. In those cases, you may be able to hold the driver’s employer liable for the injuries that were caused. This is called vicarious liability, and it’s something that you can look into with your attorney’s support.