El Paso Truck Driver Negligence
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) findings from 2008 and 2009, 20 percent of multi-vehicle accidents can be traced back to distracted driving. Any activity that pulls a driver's attention from the road can be classified as a distraction. Distracted driving is a phrase that can ultimately refer to countless actions, including eating, texting, talking on cell phone, grooming, reading and operating a GPS system.
Loss of focus can lead to improper merge, inadvertent lane changes or even failure to stop in a timely manner.
One of the most common mistake made by truck drivers involved in accidents is driving over the permitted speed limit. In most cases, drivers are on tight schedules and are attempting to meet time sensitive deadlines. This form of aggressive and reckless driving is both negligent and irresponsible.
Trucking companies have a legal duty to maintain high standards of practice and conduct that are critical for public safety. When trucking companies do not act responsibly and trucking accidents happen as a result of their negligence, they may be held liable for the damage they cause.
Truck accidents are not only more dangerous but, from a legal standpoint, more complicated. Liability may be shared among several parties including the truck driver, the truck owner, the leasing company, the shipper or cargo loader or even the manufacturer of defective parts such as tires or brakes. Because of the potential for multiple liability, chances are more than one insurance company will be involved.
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Semi-truck drivers are specially trained to operate the large dangerous machines they operate. However, some drivers fail to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of others on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured contact us today via email, or by phone at 915.779.2301 day or night.