“Share the road” is a statement used to help cars remember that there are other smaller vehicles like motorcycles or bicycles. As there is an increasing desire to focus on helping the environment, many cities and towns are making the bold move to add bicycle lanes to many common roadways. However, it seems that cars are not the only ones that need reminding that there are smaller vehicles on the road. Truckers who drive semi-trucks need reminding that just because they are a behemoth size in comparison to cars and SUVs on the road does not mean that they should be considered any more important or deserve any more special care than other types of vehicles.
Truck drivers are a special class of drivers. Not only do they have to get a special license to drive what they drive, but they also need separate kinds of insurance to represent the kind of work that they do. Truck drivers are responsible for tracking their drives, taking breaks, and only driving the hours set for them by their company. However, sometimes, like any job, there is a miscommunication between driver and job. Sometimes the company does not provide the information necessary for the driver to get to their destination on time. Also, life happens. Truck drivers are only as good as their ability to arrive on time to their destinations. If for some reason a driver gets sick then they have to make up that time somehow to get their shipment on time. This is a great detriment to surrounding cars.
In order for truck drivers to get their shipment on time, they may choose to drive more hours than allotted to them and it causes drowsiness and fatigue. Some drivers compensate for this drowsiness by taking supplements that can actually over alert the driver and impair their driving. Drivers may also drive faster and therefore more recklessly. A typically loaded semi-truck is around 80,000 pounds. You do not want to see a driver lose control with 80,000 pounds on the highway. And since semi-trucks can be over 70 feet in length, when a truck drifts into a lane it has the potential to affect up to 5 cards if they are driving in that next lane.
Other reasons for truck drivers to get into an accident are load shifting, distracted driving, and improper truck maintenance. Regardless of the reason for the accident, the problem with truck accidents is that they are almost always more fatal than car accidents. If you suffered from an injury due to a truck accident then it is imperative that you contact our truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg in Los Angeles. We have over 30 years of successful experience in helping our clients get the just compensation needed for their injuries. Call 310-997-0904 or click here to start your free consultation today. With our help, we can get the compensation you need for medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.