Around 4000 farm animals are killed each year due to being involved in a truck accident. Driving a truck on the road is already very dangerous. When the truck is full of living creatures then drivers have to take even more caution while they are on the road. However, due to the sheer weight of cattle-trucks and the amount of skill required to drive them, they can quite often end up losing control and even turning over when they are on the road.
What are the legalities concerning trucks full of livestock?
In Idaho, individuals are legally allowed to transport cattle from one area to the other in trucks. However, there are obviously rules which a driver has to follow. First of all, the truck should be spacious enough to accommodate the cattle and not exceed the weight limit. It should also have enough air coming into the back so that the cattle can breathe properly and they are not mistreated in any way.
If the drive is going to be long, then in many cases, drivers need to place the cattle’s food in the back as well. When it comes to actually driving the truck, drivers not only have to have their regular licenses but they also have to have training and certification to drive their specific truck around. Naturally, the bigger the truck, the more training that is required.
When to get legal help
If a driver was certified and following all of the required rules but they still ended up losing control of their truck and getting into an accident then they should call a truck accident attorney to help them sort their situation out. The case will be a lot more complicated than an ordinary car accident case because not only will the drivers be involved, but the owner of the cattle, the truck company, and all relevant insurance companies will be involved as well. A truck accident lawyer in Boise, Idaho can help reduce the liability a driver will be penalized with.
With the correct evidence, and the right lawyer by one’s side, a person can easily end up reducing how much they have to pay, or they can even end up being compensated as well. For instance, if the individual who had loaded on the cattle had exceeded the weight and had pressurized the truck driver to drive with the load even though it was breaking the rules of teh state then that individual will have a lot more fault then the driver himself.
Even if the driver had made a small mistake, like going slightly above the speed limit, then they most likely won’t be liable to pay for all of the losses incurred. Since Idaho generally follows comparative negligence when it comes to such scenarios then the truck driver will only have to pay a percentage of the total damages depending on how much of the accident was actually their fault.