Truck Driver Negligence

A car accident can have devastating consequences on your life, and if the accident involved truck driver negligence, your injuries might be more severe, and your recovery might take even longer. However, there is no need for you to be overwhelmed while trying to deal with everything that has happened since the accident. Set up a no-obligation consultation with Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC. He will treat you with compassion and care and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 

Can a lawyer prove the truck driver was negligent?

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a truck accident, Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC will help you prove that there was truck driver negligence. We will start by conducting a full investigation into the accident to discover if the driver had a valid commercial license or if they were certified healthy enough to operate a commercial truck. We will also check if they have experience and if their employer requires frequent drug and alcohol screenings.

Once we have enough information, we can prove truck driver negligence. This starts by assessing whether the driver failed to meet a duty of care towards you and if their behavior was such that they put you and all other drivers on the road in danger. We will then determine if it was this failure in the duty of care that caused the accident and that the accident caused your injuries.

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What is an example of negligent driving?

For your personal injury lawyer to prove negligence, we will prove that the truck driver acted in a negligent manner. Some forms of truck driver negligence include:

  • Using alcohol or drugs
  • Texting or using the phone while driving
  • Driving while tired
  • Aggressive driving behavior
  • Speeding
  • Not respecting traffic signs and laws
  • Driving a truck that has not been properly maintained

In many cases, the trucking company also plays a role in the truck driver’s negligence. This happens when they:

  • Hire unqualified employees
  • Fail to perform background checks
  • Do not maintain the trucks in their fleet as they should
  • Do not conduct drug and alcohol tests on their drivers

Are truck drivers responsible for damages?

If it was the truck driver’s or trucking company’s negligence that caused the accident and your injuries, you might be able to recover your damages. However, you may find out that the truck driver or the trucking company is covered by a commercial liability insurance policy to pay for the damages. Although this sounds quite straightforward, insurance companies are known for shifting financial responsibility or for giving accident victims lowball offers. That is why it is crucial for you to have legal representation. You do not want to be pressured into accepting pennies on the dollar. Call us today to find out how we can help.

What is driver negligence?

Driver negligence refers to acts carried out by drivers in a specific situation that cause injuries to other drivers, their passengers, riders of motorcycles or bicycles, and pedestrians. Previously, the main concern in this regard was drinking while driving but with the advent of new technologies, the worry has now shifted to texting while driving or using a device in such a way that takes the driver’s eyes off the road, even if only for a few seconds.

Other examples of driver negligence are:

  • Playing with the radio dial
  • Grooming
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Eating while driving
  • Being distracted by objects around them
  • Smoking
  • Daydreaming
  • Turning to see an accident nearby

When a truck driver displays any negligent behavior, they can easily press down harder on the accelerator without noticing it, change lanes without looking around them, run red lights, or fail to stop at stop signs, resulting in crashes and injuries to others.

Get Legal Representation for Truck Driver Negligence

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident caused by truck driver negligence, get medical attention as soon as possible. Then, reach out to Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, your Houston truck accident lawyer. This is important because your focus should be on your health and your recovery. 

We understand that your life is in turmoil because you have had to shift your focus to attending 

medical appointments and following treatment plans, and you may have had to stop working to attend to your health. Dealing with mounting medical bills while not having the financial resources you need can be a source of stress. Let us listen to your case and provide you with the legal advice you need to understand your options. Set up a no-obligation consultation with Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC today, and let us start fighting for your rights and the compensation you deserve. Call us today.

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