Truck Driver Negligence
You may not realize the dangers of semi-tractor trailer rigs on the road when you’re running your errands, but they are ever present. A fully loaded tractor trailer rig can weight around 80,000 pounds. The average private passenger car weighs around 4,000 pounds. Cars and their occupants are vulnerable to severe damage and injury when collisions with trucks occur. Driver negligence can occur from simply not paying attention, driver distraction, and driver fatigue. Federal regulations are designed to prevent drivers from driving too many hours and exposing others to accidents caused by driver fatigue, but trucking companies and unscrupulous drivers find ways around these regulations, like falsifying time records and driver logs. If you’re injured in an accident with a big rig, call CGWC for a free consultation about your legal rights.