Operating a large, heavy, commercial vehicle is a challenging task. Truck drivers operate high-speed vehicles that often outweigh 10,000 kgs. Doing so requires an abundance of caution, alertness, skill, and consideration for the safety of other road-users.
Truck drivers are often required to spend long stretches of time traversing the roads and highways that connect communities across the country. In order to meet tight delivery deadlines, they might find themselves adopting unsafe driving habits, skipping meals, foregoing sleep, and driving their dangerous vehicles well past the point of exhaustion. By engaging in various forms of negligent driving, truck drivers endanger the lives of countless road-users.
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:
Because of their vehicle’s sheer size and weight, truck drivers have greater physical protection in the event of a collision than other road-users. The occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders, cyclists, and pedestrians are far more likely to be killed in a truck accident than the operator of the heavy commercial vehicle. 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.
Anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle collision should be entitled to Section B benefits. However, since truck accidents typically cause permanent, severe injuries, these benefits may not cover an accident survivor’s total losses.
If you were injured in a collision caused by a negligent truck driver, by working with our Lloydminster 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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