On roadways today there can be multiple lanes of traffic carrying hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles. We all share and use this space. Because of this, safety is paramount – anytime an injury or a car fatality can be avoided this is top priority. This is a big reason why commercial vehicles are held to stricter regulations than passenger vehicles.
Commercial vehicles are, by definition, larger and are hauling more weight than the average passenger vehicle. Just by laws of physics, this inherently makes them more dangerous as they have more weight to throw around and, in theory, it should take larger vehicles longer to come to a complete stop in comparison to a passenger vehicle. Because commercial vehicles are often moving things for a profit, truck drivers have a responsibility to think and act safely; failure to do so could mean they are subject to a personal injury lawsuit or even a criminal complaint against them.
Saving lives is top priority for federal and state organizations who create and enforce legislation to place limitations on commercial vehicles. There are many that could come into play if you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident. Sometimes, there are multiple parties to blame. The truck driver could have been negligent or the truck company could if it hadn’t properly maintained the vehicle.
These are just a few of the ways in which commercial truck companies, their employees and third parties working with them can be found at fault after a truck accident injury. This is why a person should take the initiative; there could be much to discover after an investigation into truck company activities, or into the truck accident itself.