Truck Driver Error
Truck drivers, like all other drivers, have a responsibility to ensure the safety of others on the road. However, truck drivers who operate tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers, have an even greater duty to drive in a way that minimizes the risk of accidents because of their potential to cause severe or fatal crashes.
If you’ve suffered injuries because of truck driver error, Bhatt Law Group may be able to help you get compensation that you deserve. Our experienced Jersey City truck accident lawyers can assist you with pursuing a claim against a negligent truck driver and their employer. Call us at (201) 798-8000 for a free initial consultation.
Common Causes of Truck Crashes
Truck drivers who fail to operate their vehicles safely can cause serious accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completed a Large Truck Crash Causation Study which identified four driver errors commonly involved in crashes:
- Non-performance errors – These driver errors involve instances when drivers completely fail to carry out their driving duties while on the road. For example, non-performance may involve drivers falling asleep at the wheel because of driver fatigue, which is one of the main causes of large truck accidents. These errors also include drivers who are completely disabled by seizures, heart attacks, or any other kind of physical impairment. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol also cause non-performance errors.
- Decision errors – When truck drivers make decision errors, they make serious mistakes in judgment that cause an accident. Examples of decision errors include misjudging the speed of other vehicles on the road or following other cars too closely. These errors also include driving too fast, incorrectly assuming the actions of other drivers, or making illegal maneuvers on the road.
- Recognition errors – Recognition errors happen when a truck driver fails to properly assess a situation in order to respond accordingly. The most common recognition error is driver distraction, which occurs when a truck driver is distracted by something outside or inside the truck, such as a cell phone or another mobile device.
- Inadequate performance errors – These errors involve actions by truck drivers that do not live up to reasonably safe driving standards. For example, when a truck driver overcompensates on the road while making turns or exercises poor directional control of a vehicle, these fall under the category of inadequate performance errors.
Recovering Compensation in Crashes Involving Truck Driver Error
If you’ve been injured in a truck crash and believe it was caused by truck driver error, Bhatt Law Group can help you. You may be able to recover compensation for your past and future:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Serving people in New Jersey since 2006, our compassionate attorneys have decades of collective experience in pursuing truck accident claims. With Bhatt Law Group you can be confident that a team of attorneys will review your case and conduct a thorough investigation. Contact us today at (201) 798-8000 to speak with one of our skilled attorneys.