There are plenty of romantic songs in the world about truck drivers. In reality, these hard-working men and women do make much of modern society possible. However, there are those who tend to disparage the image of the profession on the whole. Oftentimes, this ends up being more due to the company for whom these individuals work than anything else. A big rig crash may take only a fraction of a second to happen, but it may have been coming for a long time, and the company may have been in a position to stop it.
There are very strict regulations on what truck drivers are allowed to do and what they’re prevented from doing. Some of the strictest have to do with the amount of hours a trucker can work without sleeping. Unfortunately, this is also one of the areas where the trucking companies like to push their luck and, by extension, the luck of every other driver on the road. Many big rig crashes occur because the driver, having been worked well beyond the limits of a normal work day, ends up dozing off behind the wheel. At freeways speeds, these trucks go a long way in the few seconds that the driver may doze off.
Safety standards are also very important where trucking is concerned. Big rigs are subject to very specific safety requirements and more than a few companies try to cut corners by not following those standards. It takes an inspector to determine whether such an instance of sloppy upkeep has led to an accident or not and, without a truck accident lawyer being insistent, the company may attempt to avoid or to bury the results of such an investigation. To protect your rights, you need to make sure that you have a good attorney on your side.
If you’ve been in a big rig crash, be sure to check with a good attorney. Above all other things, don’t accept a settlement check without calling a lawyer first. Most often, if the company offers you such a deal, it’s because they know that they could be in much more serious trouble than that check could pay for. A good attorney will press the issue and make sure that a company that injured you is held responsible for their actions, legally and financially, and that you get what you deserve.
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