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October 10, 2018

Reckless Driving Resulting in Truck Accidents

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Posted in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Related News

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A truck driver could be awake and alert, sober, and paying full attention to driving their large commercial truck, however, these large trucks can be dangerous on the roads and highways simply because of their size. Each year about 200 people die on the roads due to accidents that involve large trucks and passenger vehicles due to reckless or aggressive driving. When a truck driver drives their vehicle in a reckless or aggressive way without thinking of those around them and their safety, the chances of them getting in an accident and causing themselves or other drivers serious injuries increase substantially. Driving next to an 18-wheeler truck can be intimidating, however, when the truck driver starts driving recklessly or uses their truck to intimidate other drivers, it can take a traffic violation to a criminal charge. By having a lawyer on your side, you can go against insurance company lawyers feeling confident you have someone fighting for your rights.

Reckless and Aggressive Truck Driving

Imagine you are driving down the highway with your family following the flow of traffic on your way to dinner, when you see in your rearview mirror a large commercial truck driving up behind you at a fast speed. The truck is driving extremely close behind you but you do not have an opportunity to pass the car in front of you in order to get out of the truck’s way. Instead of safely waiting until the truck is able to pass you legally, the driver swerves to pass you on the right and cuts you off causing you to have to slam on your brakes to not hit the truck. You watch the truck continue to drive too fast and sporadically for the congested conditions of the road.

It is viewed as reckless or aggressive driving when a driver’s actions could hurt others on the road. These actions include:

  • Speeding
  • Not yielding the right of way
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Cutting drivers off
  • Passing other vehicles on the road aggressively
  • Tailgating vehicles

Legal Action Against Truck Driver

If you have been injured in an accident in which the reason the accident occurred was a truck driver’s reckless behavior, you may be able to take legal action against both the driver and the company by which they are employed. You may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical costs, and any potential lost wages. It is important to ensure a truck driver is held accountable for their reckless driving to help make sure this does not happen to another family. Contact a truck accident lawyer relies on today to schedule a consultation to discuss your accident and case.

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