When truck drivers are negligent in their responsibility to drive safely and keep their trucks in good working order, the results can be catastrophic for others on the roads. In fact, because commercial trucks, when fully loaded, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, they can cause severe, deadly accidents even when trucks are going at relatively slow speeds.
When these accidents are caused by the preventable, negligent behavior of truck drivers, victims will likely have rights to compensation and can rely on Beaverton and Washington County Attorney Linda Weimar to provide them with compassionate support while aggressively advocating their rights.
Inexperienced Truck Drivers
Truck drivers who have not been properly trained on how to operate semis, large tractor trailers or other types of commercial trucks will likely:
- Lack essential defensive driving skills
- Lack the ability to safely operate trucks on icy roads or in poor weather conditions
- Overlook mechanical issues with trucks when inspecting them (This, in turn, can increase the risk of vehicle equipment failure).
While truck drivers can be held liable when their inexperience causes accidents (especially if they have lied about having their commercial driver’s license), the trucking companies that employ inexperienced drivers can also be sued, as it’s their responsibility to ensure drivers are properly trained before putting them on the roadways.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Truck driver fatigue is another common form of truck driver negligence that commonly contributes to accidents. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that:
- Truck driver fatigue plays a role in causing about 13 percent of all truck accidents that occur in the U.S. each year.
- This makes trucker fatigue the 7th leading cause of truck accidents.
- About 1 in 4 truck drivers admits to having fallen asleep behind the wheel of a commercial truck at least once in the past month.
- Driving after having been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours causes impairments that are equivalent to having a blood alcohol content of 0.10 (which is more than double the legal limit for commercial truck drivers).
While federal hours-of-service regulations are in place to try to reduce truck driver fatigue, commercial drivers do not always comply with these regulations and may even be incentivized by trucking companies to violate them (in order to get loads to their destinations earlier).
Unsecured Truck Loads and Overloaded Trucks
Improperly loading trucks – either by failing to properly secure loads or overloading trucks – is another common form of negligence that contributes to trucking accidents. While issues with loading trucks are commonly related to other negligence issues (like, for example, truck driver inexperience and/or defective trailer hitches or other equipment), they also:
- Increase the risk of serious accidents, particularly rollovers and jackknife accidents
- Are entirely preventable
- Can be the basis of truck accident claims.
The Trusted Beaverton and Washington County Truck Accident Lawyer at the Weimar Law Offices
If you have been injured in a truck accident, Beaverton and Washington County Truck Accident Attorney Linda Weimar is ready to aggressively champion your rights both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Since 1997, Attorney Linda Weimar has been dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to injured people. This means that our clients can always trust us to answer all of their questions, keep them informed at every stage of their case and work tirelessly to help them attain the compensation and justice they deserve.
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We are ready to talk about your rights and get your case started at no upfront cost. To receive professional legal advice during a free initial consult, call us at (503) 640-5000 or email us using the Contact form on this page.
From our offices in Beaverton, Attorney Linda Weimar represents injured people in both Oregon and Washington State, including (not limited to) people in Portland, Beaverton, Wilsonville, West Linn, McMinnville, Oregon City, Gresham, Salem, Coburg, Tigad, Aloha, Forest Grove, Astoria, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Redmond, Astoria, and Newberg; and including individuals in Washington County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Marion County, Yamhill County, Cowlitz County, Clatsop County and Clark County.