Iowa City, IA – Driving a large semi truck or other commercial vehicle is a very dangerous job for a number of different reasons. There are some common problems that tend to result in collisions when a driver has been on the highways for long hours without a break.
Many truck collisions can also cause damages and injuries that are so severe that the insurance process is insufficient to cover medical treatment. When this happens, it is important for any victims to consult with a legal professional to see if a civil case against the driver and their company is necessary. It may be possible for the victim to receive a settlement or win a jury trial.
Fatigue and long hours
Truckers have regulations related to the number of hours they can drive in a day, which include mandatory break and rest periods, however the possibility for errors increases the longer that the driver has been on the road. Even while working within the guidelines, many drivers will start to notice that their senses are not as sharp after hours of driving. These issues with fatigue and shortened attention spans increase the likelihood of accidents.
Even though drivers are subjected to background checks by their employers, and commercial driving privileges are highly regulated, there are still problems with drivers who break the law and operate a truck while under the influence of illegal substances. If they are caught, there will be severe consequences, but some drivers may cause a collision before anyone realizes that they should not be driving. Evidence of these kinds of violations can be used by the victim in a civil lawsuit against the driver, even if the state pursues criminal charges.
Vehicle damage and malfunctions
When a vehicle goes very long distances, there are problems that can occur which require maintenance and repairs at regular intervals. Obviously, a vehicle that is traveling for hours daily will require even more maintenance and have a greater possibility of damage than most vehicles that are used for standard purposes. The government has passed regulations which state that the company that owns the vehicle must have a thorough maintenance regimen. However, vehicle damage and mechanical problems can happen suddenly and it may be difficult to notice until it is too late.
Meeting with a lawyer to get more information
There are attorneys who consult with accident victims about the process of bringing a civil case and receiving compensation for injuries caused by the incident. Eells and Tronvold Law Offices is an experienced firm that has been helping clients in the Iowa City area for decades.
Firm contact info:
1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400