Commercial truck accidents can drastically alter your life

You've always been a good driver, or at least not a dangerous one. You watch for traffic, merge carefully, and even if you occasionally speed, you do so in safe driving conditions. Sometimes, however, no matter how hard you try to stay safe on the road, someone else causes an accident.

Commercial trucks are particularly dangerous because they have large blind spots in addition to being so much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles. It only takes a few seconds of negligence for a commercial truck driver to change your life.

The vehicle damage resulting from these accidents is often extensive. More importantly, you and any other passengers in the vehicle are at an elevated risk for serious injuries and death.

Truckers are held to high standards

Because their vehicles pose such a serious risk to other drivers, commercial truckers must adhere to a higher standard than the average commuter. A tired, intoxicated or distracted truck driver is a substantial threat to the public.

Most states, including Ohio, have stricter policies for limits on blood alcohol content (BAC). In Ohio, a trucker must have a BAC of 0.04 percent or lower. The average citizen in a personal vehicle may have a BAC of 0.08 percent or lower in order to safely drive.

Truck drivers are also subject to limits on the number of consecutive hours they can drive. These restrictions are designed to prevent exhaustion. Nonetheless, some companies may pressure employees to bend or break these important rules.

What if you become a victim?

Devastating injuries or death aren't the only toll these accidents take. They also have financial repercussions, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost pay from missed work
  • Costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle
  • Burial expenses and loss of financial support in fatal accidents

Fortunately, these financial burdens aren't necessarily yours to bear. If you have reason to believe the truck driver was distracted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise negligent, it's important to speak with an attorney about your rights. You may have a significant claim for compensation.

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