Truck drivers help keep the country connected. Transporting essential goods, products, supplies, and other materials to cities and remote communities alike, truck drivers provide an essential service to countless Canadians.
In addition to their great responsibilities, truck drivers also face immense pressures. Often racing against the clock to meet near-impossible delivery deadlines, foregoing rest and proper nutrition to make better time, and doing whatever they can to meet their job’s demands, occasionally truck drivers find themself bending the rules of the road. Furthermore, since truck drivers spend so much time behind the wheel, they may develop bad driving habits which could endanger the lives of road-users.
Since trucks so greatly outweigh regular sized passenger vehicles, if a truck driver causes a collision with another driver, the results can be catastrophic. While the driver of a large commercial vehicle may be able to walk away from an accident scene with only minor or moderate injuries, victims of a truck accident could lose their lives or sustain permanent, disabling injuries.
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. Common examples of truck driver negligence that often leads to serious collisions include:
If you were injured in a truck accident caused by the negligence of the large commercial vehicle operator, you should be entitled to Section B benefits. However, since these collisions typically cause severe, permanent, catastrophic injuries, the insurance coverage to which you might be entitled may very well be insufficient to cover your total losses.
However, by working with our Calgary 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. For example, if the driver’s employer was aware they had a history of unsafe driving but continued sending them out on assignment, the trucking company could also be liable for damages you have incurred as a result of your collision.
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