Because trucks so greatly outweigh regular passenger vehicles, when collisions occur, the operator of the heavy commercial vehicle might be able to walk away from the accident without a scratch, whereas victims of the truck accident might lose their lives. 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. Truck drivers are not exempt from this legislation.
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 lose their lives. They could also sustain severe, permanent injuries, resulting in years of financial distress.
Injured survivors of collisions involving large commercial trucks could find themselves struggling to keep up with their newly acquired medical bills as well as the costs of essential treatments, services, and lifestyle adjustments. This is especially true for injured truck accident survivors whose injuries make it impossible to continue carrying out the tasks associated with their occupations. These severely injured accident victims might incur substantial financial losses in the form of lost wages and reduced future earning capabilities.
All thanks to the wrongful actions of a negligent truck driver, injured accident victims could lose out on educational opportunities and chances to advance their careers. They could also lose their mobility, their senses, their limbs, and the abilities to perform the functions of daily life independently.
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 Red Deer 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 Red Deer 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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