While speeding is a risk for anyone on the road in California, truckers tend to be more likely to speed than other drivers. Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles. If a truck collides with a vehicle on the road, the results could be catastrophic for both the trucker and the driver.
Why are truckers more prone to speeding?
Most people are guilty of speeding once or twice when they’re late for work. But when you’re a truck driver, driving is your entire job. You’ve got a tight schedule that you’re expected to maintain or risk being disciplined. As a result, truck drivers are more prone to speeding than other drivers. They’re also more likely to skip their breaks and lunches, which results in increased levels of driver fatigue.
Unfortunately, the large size of trucks also makes them more prone to severe accidents that result in personal injury lawsuits. The large size of commercial trucks makes them harder to stop if there’s an obstacle ahead. If the driver is already speeding, they’ll find it even harder to stop without colliding into another vehicle.
Trucks are also much more likely to turn over than passenger vehicles. Driving around a corner or hitting a sharp curve can be a risk even if the trucker is driving the speed limit. If they’re speeding, there’s a good possibility that their truck will flip over and potentially hit other vehicles on the road. Truck tires also wear out quickly, especially if the driver has a habit of speeding. A blowout on the highway could cause a devastating accident.
Can you file a lawsuit if you’re injured in a truck accident?
If you’re hit by a commercial truck, multiple people might be at fault. Depending on the situation, you might be able to sue the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer or any combination of the three. It’s important to hire an attorney so you know you’re targeting the right people and maximizing the compensation that you might receive. For best results, call an attorney shortly after the accident.