Truck Driver Error and Wrongful Death
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Truck drivers are some of the best drivers on the road. They have to be to learn to properly maneuver a truck weighing 10,000 pounds or more. And the average truck driver drives about 8.5 times as many miles every year as the average non-commercial driver. That’s a lot of experience helping them to become good drivers. But sometimes truck drivers make mistakes. Often, truck drivers make the same mistakes as ordinary drivers: speeding, straying out of their lane, and inattention. But because of the size of trucks, these mistakes can become deadly.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a truck driver’s error, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. To learn more about your potential legal rights after a loved one’s death, please call 800-944-0755 or email the wrongful death attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., LPA for a free consultation.
Factors in Truck Driver Error
Large truck drivers undergo training and experience to help them to become better drivers. Still, they can commit driving errors that can cause a truck accident. Factors causing truck accidents can include:
- Unfamiliarity with routes
- Drugs and alcohol
These factors should be identified and remedied by trucking companies. In some cases, however, large trucking companies tolerate rule violations, which can increase the frequency of driver errors. When these errors are attributable to the negligence of the truck driver or company, you may have a viable wrongful death lawsuit.
Who Suffers for Truck Driver Error
When a large truck is involved in a fatal accident, the truck driver or truck passenger is the one who dies only 15% of the time. In other words, when a truck driver makes a mistake, it is someone else, like your loved one, who pays the ultimate price 85% of the time. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s mistake. Although a lawsuit cannot bring your loved one back, it can help you pay bills that are piling up because of your loved one’s loss. Compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can remove financial concerns and free you up to deal with the grief of your loss.