Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers are generally very responsible and professional, as indicated by the strict guidelines and regulations that they must follow, starting with the stringent licensing requirements for being granted a Commercial Driver License (CDL). Depending on the types of freight the driver wishes to transport, the type of vehicle that they wish to operate, and more, they will be required to carry specific certifications and enhancements to their CDL indicating that they are capable and responsible enough to handle this task. However, licensing and certifications are not a guarantee that the bearer of these documents will never act negligently. If you have been hurt in an accident that a negligent truck driver caused, you have rights that we are here to help you uphold.
Hire an Attorney Today To Represent Your Negligent Driver Claim
Hipskind & McAninch, LLC have years of experience representing victims of truck driver negligence in St. Louis, and we will be happy to bring this experience into your own case so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Commercial truck insurance policies often have liability coverage in excess of $1 million, which means that there is money available to compensate you for your injuries; however, this also means that there are much more complex details that we will need to unravel in order to clearly state your case.
Read more below to get a better idea about what truck driver negligence entails, and contact Hipskind & McAninch, LLC as soon as possible to partner with a St. Louis truck accident lawyer today. We offer a free initial consultation and case analysis so that you can get a better understanding of your unique situation and how we can help you through this process towards the compensation you rightfully deserve.
What Is Truck Driver Negligence?
The term negligence, from a purely legal perspective, covers a wide range of situations and actions (or inactions) — in the most basic terms, negligence is a failure to act with appropriate care in any given situation. In many cases, negligence does not lead to any measurable impacts, but sometimes the negligence may result in an accident that causes serious injury to innocent victims.
Truck driver negligence includes many different situations, including the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Ignoring traffic laws
- Aggressive driving
- Texting while driving or other distracted driving
Negligence can be present in many other situations, as well. Fundamentally, if we are attempting to prove negligence then we will need to prove that the driver failed to act in a way that was safe, responsible, and intended to keep everyone around them safe.
Proving Truck Driver Negligence
There are a lot of different ways that we may be able to prove that negligence was a significant factor in your accident, including eyewitness accounts, police reports, and more. Many trucks have onboard cameras now, which are extremely helpful in determining what went wrong in an
accident. Since truck drivers are generally extremely responsible and professional, these cameras are often used in order to prove that they were not at fault for an accident, but in your situation, the camera will show that the driver acted dangerously.
Depending on the specifics fo your accident, there are a variety of options that we may have that will help support our claims of driver negligence. Luckily our history of successful cases involving truck driver negligence in St. Louis will be a significant asset to your own case, and we will be able to identify the best paths towards winning your case as soon as possible.