In Virginia and across the entire nation, trucks are always on the road making deliveries and going back and forth across the country. Large and intimidating, these vehicles are so prominent because of their sheer size and the fact that the only thing preventing a truck accident with significant damage to life and limb is the driver and the way the truck was put together.
Trucks spend so much time on the road and suffer so much wear and tear that proper care and maintenance is absolutely essential. Negligent truck maintenance such as failing to inspect the brakes, make certain the tires are up to snuff and the weight of the cargo is evenly distributed can result in a crash, injuries and death. Sometimes a truck driver might be looking for work and claim to have credentials and experience he or she doesn’t have. An unqualified truck driver on the road is likely to make mistakes that can turn a simple drive from one place to another into the foundation for a series of accidents.
Because the state of the economy is such that it’s important to squeeze as much profit as possible into the shortest time frame, drivers might try to drive more than they are legally allowed to and suffer fatigue. Even if they’re adhering to the rules, the time spent on the road can be monotonous and lend itself to driving without fully concentrating 100 percent of the time. An inattentive truck driver can lead to a dangerous situation for the trucker and for others on the road.
A truck accident can occur at any time for an almost infinite number of reasons. One of the keys to understanding what happened is to have a full investigation to determine the cause. Those who have been hurt or suffered the loss of a loved one in a truck accident need to understand their rights to file litigation and seek to be compensated. For assistance in investigating what happened and pursuing a legal filing, a qualified legal professional can help.