We rely on trucks and their drivers to deliver goods, products, materials, and supplies to communities throughout the province and across the country. Truck drivers are tasked with long hours of difficult work that requires attention, caution, and responsible behaviour at all times.
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.
Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, truck drivers might fail to fulfill their duties of care by engaging in wrongful conduct on the road and violating local traffic rules. Doing so, even for the briefest of moments, could have devastating consequences for the unsuspecting victims of sudden truck accidents.
If a truck driver’s wrongful actions, inactions, errors, omissions, or other forms of negligence cause a collision in which another road-user is involved, the results can be fatal. 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.
The negligence of a truck driver can also cause accident victims to sustain severe, life-changing injuries. Examples of truck driver negligence that commonly lead to injury-causing 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 Grande Prairie 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.
To learn more about working with our truck accident lawyers serving Grande Prairie 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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