When people drive or walk around in Virginia, they understand that they are responsible for their own safety while on the road. There are times, however, when it is difficult to protect oneself against an accident caused by another driver’s negligence or error.
Truck accidents can be particularly dangerous due to the size of the vehicles. This makes truck driver negligence a crucial issue for everyone to be aware of. While many truckers are careful drivers, many may not realize that their health can affect their judgment and reaction times.
A recent study showed that truckers who have multiple health conditions, such as heart problems or lower back pain, are more likely to get into accidents while on the road. Unfortunately, some drivers may not understand that they have these conditions, or if they do, they may not be getting appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, this poses a hazard to other drivers and pedestrians.
Those who have been injured in truck accidents risk being paralyzed, permanent disability that may keep them from working and may even lose their lives. In addition, less significant injuries can still disrupt a victim’s life. For example, the individual may need to take time off work while recuperating and then may need to spend money on medical and physical therapy bills while working to recover.
Individuals who have been victims of trucking accidents, along with their families, may benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client’s case and make recommendations regarding trucking company liability in ways that the client or his or her caregivers can receive compensation for injury, disability or death.