Readers of this blog probably know that though there are certain things they can do to keep themselves safe from truck accidents, these tragic wrecks continue to occur. Therefore, laws and regulations have been implemented in an effort to curtail dangerous truck driving. One way to do so is to put restrictions on trucking hours.
On our blog, we often discuss truck accidents and how damaging they can be to other motor vehicles and their drivers and passengers. However, box trucks and 18-wheelers can also pose a significant threat to pedestrians, including those broken down on the side of the road. As one recent Massachusetts accident shows, a truck-pedestrian accident can be devastating.
In many cases the answer is yes. Under a legal theory known as respondeat superior, an individual who is injured by another may be able to hold the defendant's employer liable for damages. However, certain elements must be present before respondeat superior, which means "let the master answer," can be enacted. In order to get a better sense of how you can recoup your damages, let's look at those elements.
Last week's blog post discussed the qualifications needed for an individual to receive a Commercial Driver's License, or CDL. Though being properly trained and possessing the proper credentials renders one capable of operating a semi-truck on the road, it does not prevent a truck driver from being negligent or reckless behind the wheel. A trucker may push himself or herself too hard and become fatigued, putting other motorists at risk, or a trucker may be intoxicated or inattentive, increasing the chances of a serious accident.
Semi-trucks are a common presence on Massachusetts roads. These vehicles and their drivers play a vital role in our economy by moving goods across the country. However, they also pose a threat to other motorists, as their massive size can cause devastating damage and injuries to those in other vehicles should an accident occur. In far too many cases, unsuspecting motorists are killed in these wrecks. While the onus is on truck drivers to ensure the safety of other motorists, there are certain steps you can take to better protect yourself when driving near a big rig.
Semi-trucks are an integral part of our society. They move goods across the country, allowing us access to almost any product we could ever want. However, though these big rigs are a critical piece of the economic puzzle, they can also be extremely dangerous, particularly when operated by individuals who are distracted or otherwise negligent. In fact, Massachusetts' residents may be startled to know just how prevalent truck driver fatigue is and just how deadly it can be.
People who think of truck accidents often conjure images of a tractor trailer colliding with a car on a highway or interstate. Though these types of wrecks are far too common and can leave unsuspecting motorists severely injured, they are not the only type of truck accident. Pedestrians, too, are often at risk of being struck by these massive vehicles, and, without much protection, they are in danger of suffering serious injuries or death.
Trucks and their drivers are a vital part of Massachusetts' economy. Box trucks, semi-trucks and delivery trucks all operate to make life easier and more enjoyable. Yet, the sheer size of these vehicles makes them dangerous when they are driven inappropriately. In a matter of seconds, an inattentive truck driver can cause an accident which results in serious injuries or death.
Recently, the driver of a tractor trailer who struck a bucket truck and caused the death of a Fall River city worker last summer was charged with the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. This charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to two years. In addition to criminal charges, the tractor trailer driver could face civil liability for the wrongful death of the worker. Due to the potentially catastrophic injuries that can result from a tractor trailer crash, truck drivers must comply with a number of federal regulations designed to protect other drivers who must share the roads with these often dangerous vehicles.
Pedestrian accidents are often serious and can sometimes lead to permanent injuries or death. A pedestrian accident in Waltham last week led to the death of a Bentley University graduate student. The 23-year-old woman, struck by a pickup truck, died from injuries she suffered in the accident.