Large trucks are very useful to society. Whether it is a semi-truck making a shipment, a delivery truck delivering packages, a construction carrying material to a job site or a garbage truck making its runs, these massive trucks share the road with other motorists. While it is common to travel by these types of trucks without any issue, the reality is that these vehicles do pose some risks. If a truck driver is not properly trained, overworked, distracted or intoxicated, this could result in a serious even fatal truck crash.
Although Virginia truck accidents could be caused by a variety factors, it is often the case that a truck driver is to blame. Driving a large truck takes a certain level of skill, and if a driver is not properly trained, he or she could fail to use certain driving techniques to avoid collisions.
The fast pace of life has influenced the trucking industry. Trucking companies seek speedier results, which means asking drivers to travel faster and work more hours. This is dangerous for two reasons. First, a speeding truck is difficult to maneuver and even more challenging to stop, making it more likely for a truck accident to occur. And, second, working longer hours mean fatigued drivers and federal trucking law violations.
When a truck crash occurs, it is important for victims to consider the cause. If negligence is to blame, victims may have recourses for their losses. A personal injury action could help a victim not only hold a negligent truck driver or trucking company accountable, but it could also help a victim recover compensation for the losses and damages suffered.