Commercial drivers provide an invaluable service to nearly every industry
in America. Transporting goods from one coast to the other, they are necessary
to stock stores, carry fuel, and gather construction materials that keep
our society functioning. However, these powerful and large vehicles carry
a particularly high rate of injuries and fatalities for their drivers,
who make up more deaths in the workplace than any other category.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 697 truck drivers were killed in crashes in 2012. These were
split among various industries, such as construction, manufacturing, warehousing,
and other transportation needs. Diesel trucks still remain the number
one method of transportation for goods across the U.S., with over 46,000
miles of interstate in the country.
Due to the limited braking time and heavy weight behind most large trucks,
any collision carries the potential for disastrous results. Large blind
spots, massive turn radiuses, and limited maneuverability create a challenge
when operating any oversized transportation. Extreme caution must be used,
and drivers must be fully trained in how to safely operate a large vehicle
before they can take one on the road without posing a risk to others and
Factors that may contribute to unsafe conditions for commercial drivers:
- Dangerous road conditions, such as adverse weather
- Improperly maintained vehicle
- Inadequate measures to secure load
- Lack of adequate time for rest and breaks
- Lack of adequate training
- Overweight load
When negligence on the part of a manufacturer, supervisor, or management
company contributes to an injury or fatality while driving a commercial
vehicle, they may hold all or a portion of the liability. Drivers involved
in a wreck may find themselves facing massive medical bills or a loss
of income as they recover.
If you 've been injured while driving a commercial vehicle, you may
have grounds to seek compensation. The attorneys of Arnold & Itkin
have helped drivers from a range of industries review the details of their
situation and determine what options best suit their individual needs.
Contact our industrial injury lawyers today for a free consultation.