Driving a large, commercial truck can be a difficult job. Many truck drivers find themselves spending long stretches of time behind the wheel of their vehicles. In some cases, the demands of their job can cause truck drivers to develop or indulge in unsafe habits on the road.
Truck drivers may feel compelled to exceed the posted speed limit in order to reach their destinations on time. Racing to meet tight delivery deadlines, truck drivers could violate certain rules of the road or neglect the duty of care they owe to other road-users. They might change lanes improperly, ignore traffic signs or signals, or generally disregard the safety of others.
Furthermore, truck drivers who spend long hours in virtual isolation might indulge in various distractions behind the wheel to help them pass the time. Not only might truck drivers be more inclined to use their cell phones while driving, they could eat full meals while their vehicle is in motion, engage in distracting conversations over their CB radio, preoccupy themselves with finding the right radio station, or otherwise unfocus their attention away from the road.
In addition to adopting unsafe driving habits and entertaining various distractions behind the wheel, truck drivers could rely on stimulants, amphetamines, and other illegal substances to try remaining alert for long periods of time. They could operate their vehicles while fatigued, on very little sleep, after pushing themselves past the point of exhaustion.
When truck drivers engage in negligent conduct, the consequences can be disastrous. Owing to the large difference in size and weight between commercial trucks and smaller passenger vehicles, if a negligent truck driver causes an accident to occur, the occupants of the smaller vehicle could lose their lives.
In fact, when collisions between trucks and smaller vehicles occur, the driver of the passenger vehicle is more likely to suffer fatal consequences than the truck driver. According to the most recent report on Alberta Traffic Collision Statistics, despite being involved in just 2% of total vehicle collisions, trucks are responsible for 10% of fatal collisions on the province’s roads and highways.
In accordance with the province’s Traffic Safety Act, anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the province’s roads and highways is required to do so with a reasonable degree of caution. The rules of the road exist so as to reduce the risk of collisions that could cause harm to human health. If a truck driver fails to uphold the duty of care they are legally required to provide other road-users, other motorists, their passengers, motorcycle riders, cyclists, pedestrians, and other community members could fall victim to their negligence.
By working with our Airdrie truck accident lawyers, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against the negligent driver and any other party or entity who might be contributorily negligent. To learn more about working with our truck accident lawyers serving Airdrie and options for financial compensation that might be available to you, call us to schedule a free initial consultation on your case.
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