Even though trucks are statistically less likely to be involved in collisions, because of their sheer size, weight, and power, truck accidents involving smaller passenger vehicles can have disastrous consequences. 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.
Being involved in a collision with a large commercial vehicle like a truck can be a shocking, traumatic, and life-changing experience. Drivers expect the people who operate trucks professionally to obey traffic laws and exercise caution behind the wheel. When truck drivers violate the rules of the road and engage in unsafe behaviours, their negligent actions could have long-term consequences.
If a truck driver fails to uphold the duty of care mandated by the Alberta Traffic Safety Act and an accident ensues as a result, they might be considered negligent. As such, they may be liable for damages incurred by injured accident victims.
However, other parties or entities may also be considered contributorily negligent if their own wrongful actions contributed to the circumstances leading to the collision. For example, if a trucking company was aware that their employee had a history of reckless driving but failed to take disciplinary action and continued sending them out on assignments, the company might be responsible for compensating accident survivors injured as a result of their inaction.
Anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle collision – including a truck accident – should be entitled to Section B benefits to help cover certain injury-related costs. Unfortunately, because of the severity of injuries often associated with truck accidents, the insurance benefits available may not adequately cover an accident survivor’s total financial losses.
However, if you were injured in a collision caused by the negligence of a truck driver or other at-fault party, our Canmore truck accident lawyers may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. By working with our truck accident lawyers serving Canmore, road-users who have been injured in collisions involving large commercial trucks may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages, including:
To learn more about options for financial compensation that might be available to you after being injured in a collision with a large commercial vehicle, contact us to take advantage of a free initial consultation with our Canmore truck accident lawyers.
The aftermath of an injury-causing truck accident can be overwhelming. But it is important to realize that help is available.
To discuss your case with our truck accident lawyers serving Canmore and receive personalized legal advice in a free initial consultation, call our office today. We are standing by to offer you a cost-free, no-obligation consultation on your case.
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