Truck drivers are operating these vehicles for their jobs. Their hours on the road must be monitored to prevent them from driving too much. This could lead to weariness, which can increase their chances of getting into an accident. These drivers often have to transport goods and materials far distances, which can cause them to be on the road for hours at a time. To ensure that they are getting the rest they need, truck drivers are not allowed to drive over a certain number of hours per day and per week. This is to ensure they are getting enough downtime to rest. A tired driver is less alert and can cause more accidents to occur.
Truck drivers can also face obstacles that can increase their chance of getting into an accident. Due to a truck’s bigger size, there are blind spots that limit a driver’s field of vision and a passenger car may remain unseen. This can cause an accident to occur where people are injured. Also, the bigger size of these vehicles requires more time for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. Truck drivers should make sure they give themselves enough time and space to stop their vehicle fully. They should not be speeding over the speed limit.
Who gets damages after a truck accident?
When a truck driver is held as the negligent party for an accident on the road, they may be required to pay damages to an injured party. The injured party can receive economic and non-economic damages to provide monetary compensation. Economic damages can pay for medical bills that piled up as a result of the injuries the party sustained and is now suffering from. Since they may be out of work due to injuries from the accident, they may also be able to collect money for lost wages and lost future wages that are covered by economic damages as well. With this compensation, individuals will be able to support themselves while they are healing from their injuries and are unable to work. Non-economic damages can pay for the pain and suffering that injured parties have endured due to the accident with the truck driver. This may include pain from injuries or emotional turmoil that has been caused as a result of the accident.
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.