By David Wolf, Attorney and Robert Chaiken, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Blog
In communities throughout the United States, there is a common danger that is out on the roadways – day and night. The common danger is in the form of large commercial vehicles and semi-tractor trailers. Certainly, companies have a right to conduct business and it is proper to utilize commercial trucks and semi tractor trailers in intrastate commerce and in interstate commerce; however, when the commercial or truck driver crashes into other vehicles or causes a crash due to the negligent driver of the commercial or truck driver then there is a cause of action against both the driver and the company that he or she is driving on behalf of. When there is a crash with semi tractor trailer, the resulting damage to both other vehicles, drivers, and passengers can and often is quite significant and in some cases tragic and devastating. Certainly, all drivers have a duty to operate the motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner by observing and obeying speed limits, street signs, traffic, and weather conditions. Commercial and truck drivers have special training or at least should have special training to operate such large vehicles. It is important that the trucks are well maintained and that driver logs are meticulously maintained and followed. One drowsy or overworked truck driver can change the life of another person and his or her family in a split second.