The legal term, negligence, seems so neat and tidy to victims injured in truck accidents. However, knowing or believing a truck driver was negligent is much different than proving negligence caused or contributed to the crash.
To prove negligence, you must show the following.
- The truck driver had a duty to keep other motorists out of harm’s way
- He or she breached this duty by driving carelessly or recklessly
- The trucker’s breach of his or her duty caused you to suffer injuries
At this point, your attorney can fill you in on the remainder of the negligence element as it relates to your specific situations. The point we hope to make is that you must show how a specific chain of events caused by a truck driver resulted in your injuries.
Our attorneys also believe that you will benefit from examples of trucker negligence leading to serious truck accidents. We offer the following four examples of common truck driver negligence.
- Driving while distracted (cellphones, maps, etc.)
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Violating hours-of-service rules or other federal trucking regulations
- Violating even the most basic traffic laws like speeding or following a vehicle too closely
We encourage all Texas residents injured in truck accidents to look objectively at their crash to identify negligence. Alternatively, you can ask an attorney for an impartial review of your case. When you consider the enormous expenses associated with recovering from accident injuries, it makes sense to pursue compensation. This is especially important when negligence contributed to a victim’s injuries.
You can learn more about your legal options in the wake of a crash by continuing to review our truck accident web resources.