MA & RI Lawyers for Victims of Accidents Caused by Negligent Truck Drivers
Truck drivers have a duty to operate their trucks in a safe and prudent manner. Tractor trailers and other large commercial trucks can create extreme danger for other motorists when not operated appropriately, with many instances of truck driver negligence leading to serious and even fatal injuries. At The Bottaro Law Firm, we provide experienced and proven legal representation for those injured in truck accidents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a negligent truck driver, we will relentlessly pursue maximum compensation for your losses.
Seeking Compensation for Truck Driver Negligence
“Negligence” is a legal term that has a specific meaning in the context of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. As it covers the vast majority of mistakes a truck driver can make, it is the basis for most compensation claims arising out of trucking collisions. (Note, however, that truck driver negligence is not the only basis for pursuing compensation for your truck accident injuries – there are several other parties that may be responsible for causing truck accidents as well.)
As a general rule, if a truck driver’s negligence leads to an accident, individuals injured by the collision will be entitled to financial compensation for their accident-related injuries and other losses. However, collecting the money you deserve isn’t easy, and if you do not take the proper steps, you can severely compromise your claim for compensation. For example, valuable evidence may disappear if you wait to file your claim.
If you wait too long, you can lose your right to file a claim altogether.
Common Examples of Truck Driver Negligence
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, we encourage you to contact an attorney at Bottaro Law as soon as possible. When we take your case, one of the first things we will do is conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident. Our experienced team of accident reconstructionists and forensic experts will seek to determine if truck driver negligence is to blame. Some examples of negligence that can justify claims for compensation include:
Distracted driving has always been an issue, but with the rise of cell phones and other mobile devices, it is now a bigger problem than ever before. Truck drivers have been known to talk on the phone, send text messages and emails, and even watch movies while driving down the highway. Failing to pay attention to the road is a form of negligence that can entitle injured parties to significant compensation.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
We all know that driving under the influence is dangerous. The impaired vision, delayed reaction times, and poor decision-making associated with alcohol and drug use all make truck drivers significantly more likely to cause a serious or fatal accident.
Drowsy Driving and Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel
Like all drivers, truck drivers need to know their limits. While they may feel pressured to work long hours, this is not an excuse for putting themselves and others at risk. Driving to the point of fatigue or exhaustion is cause for filing a negligence claim as well.
Often, trucking accidents are simply the result of truck drivers making mistakes and errors in judgment behind the wheel. Some of the most common forms of truck driver negligence include:
- Merging into other vehicles (failing to check blind spots)
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to make wide enough turns
Reckless and Careless Driving
Reckless and careless driving are common forms of negligent truck driving as well. Truck drivers who disregard other drivers’ and passengers’ safety regularly cause avoidable collisions. Examples of reckless and careless driving include:
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
Trucking Company Liability for Driver Negligence
When truck driver negligence leads to an accident, injured parties can seek compensation from the driver and his or her insurance company. But, in many cases, they can seek compensation from the trucking company as well. Under a rule known as “vicarious liability,” trucking companies can be held financially responsible for the negligent acts of their employees. At Bottaro Law, we have decades of experience holding both truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for negligence on the road.
Have You Been Injured or Lost a Loved One in a MA or RI Truck Accident? Contact Bottaro Law Today
If you are suffering after a truck accident in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. We are passionate about helping those injured in truck accidents, and we want to help you win the largest possible settlement or verdict for your losses. To speak with an attorney and take advantage of our No Fee Guarantee, please call (866) 631-4288 or contact us online today.