Commercial truck accidents are devastating for the victims, who are more often the drivers and passengers of other vehicles. A 5,000-pound passenger vehicle is no match for an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle. In addition to the size and weight of these vehicles, other factors contribute to the severity of the accident. Driver error can also make a large truck accident worse. Examples of driver error include:
- Speeding or aggressive driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Distracted driving, including texting and talking on a cell phone
If a truck driver is at fault for an accident, the driver and the trucking company may be held liable for damages. However, you must first prove that the truck driver caused the accident before you can receive compensation. New technology is helping to prove when a truck driver did something to cause the collision.
Future Structure reported on the SmartDrive cameras as a way to protect truck drivers who are wrongfully accused of causing a crash. These new cameras have two views — the camera points forward to record the road in front of the truck but also point backward to record the actions of the driver.
SmartDrive cameras are being embraced by some companies as a way to avoid liability in commercial truck accidents by proving their driver did not do anything wrong to cause a crash. However, the cameras can also provide crucial evidence to prove the driver did do something to cause the collision such as falling asleep at the wheel or texting while driving.
SmartDrive cameras are just one form of new technology that can make large trucks safer on the road. Collision avoidance systems can also help avoid large truck accidents just as these systems help avoid crashes involving passenger vehicles.
Filing a Truck Accident Claim
Truck accident claims are different from claims involving only passenger vehicles. Trucking companies and the insurance companies representing these companies are extremely motivated to investigate and fight claims because the damages are very high in truck accident cases. Many commercial truck accident cases result in traumatic injuries. The damages from medical treatment and lost wages can quickly reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. In some cases, damages can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars before adding compensation for other damages including pain and suffering.
Furthermore, there are numerous and complex rules and regulations governing the trucking industry. In order to handle a truck accident claim, the attorney must understand how these rules and regulations impact the case. For example, truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive without a break. An experienced truck accident attorney knows these laws and knows to request log records for the driver. Another example would be the regulations regarding inspections and maintenance. These records are very important in a truck accident case.
Call an Experienced Louisville Truck Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a truck accident, you want an attorney on your side with the experience, skills, and resources to handle this type of complex personal injury case. Our Louisville truck accident attorneys are the attorneys for you.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form to request a free consultation with one of our Louisville truck accident attorneys. It does not cost you anything to learn about your legal rights and your options for recovering compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages.