How Can a Truck Driver Be Negligent?

Constant vigilance and diligence is expected of any skilled worker. To their craft, they must be qualified to perform in order to do their task well; that’s not the only reason, however. There are certain positions that require a standard of care to which the professional must abide by in order to not be a danger to themselves or to others. Truck drivers are, of course, within this category.

Trucks – especially massive eighteen wheeler trucks that can go up to 80,000 pounds in weight without need of a permit – have an incredibly high capacity for potential destruction. If you thought that a car crash was bad then a crash involving a truck could mean hundreds of lives affected and torn asunder. It is then important to be aware of the possible ways and incidents that could be a result of trucker negligence.

A truck driver is only legally allowed to drive a truck for a maximum of fourteen hours. If they exceed this, there is a chance that the driver in question has become fatigued in the journey; a tired driver is just about as dangerous as one under the influence of alcohol. If a trucker speeds on the highway and do not take into account the weight of their cargo, there could be some serious damage inflicted upon many other vehicles and even walking, innocent pedestrians.

There are also parts of a truck called “no-zones” (sometimes called blind spots) which are the spots along the truck that are difficult to see from the driver’s point of view. It is expected for truckers to be trained in adjusting to these difficulties when making turns or changing lanes; if they neglect to abide by that duty of care then they become liable for the damage that their negligence has brought as a consequence.

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