Commercial Truck Accident: Driver Asleep at the Wheel

Much is made about the issue of truck drivers and the amount of work they put in behind the wheel. Are they pushed too hard to meet deadlines and earn their pay, which is tied to their performance? Do commercial trucking laws do enough, and if so, are the drivers even following them?
There’s no question that some truck drivers skirt industry regulations to make their living. Placing blame aside, the dangers of driver fatigue are real and a constant threat on our roads. Just little over a week ago, a commercial truck rolled over on I-5 when the 53-year-old behind the wheel dozed off.
The accident occurred October 17 just before 5:30 am on Interstate 5 near milepost 286 where the truck hauling 20,000 pounds of frozen fish southbound rolled over, blocking lanes moving in that direction. The truck driver works for a Canadian company in British Columbia.
Luckily, the passenger of the truck was the only one injured, which was not serious. He was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment.
If you ever find yourself the victims of a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for injuries and property damage if it can be proven the truck driver was negligent. That said, statistics show the majority of accidents involving commercial trucks are the fault of negligent drivers in smaller vehicles. You deserve compensation if the other party is negligent, just make sure it’s not you!

commercial-truckMuch is made about the issue of truck drivers and the amount of work they put in behind the wheel. Are they pushed too hard to meet deadlines and earn their pay, which is tied to their performance? Do commercial trucking laws do enough, and if so, are the drivers even following them?

There’s no question that some truck drivers skirt industry regulations to make their living. Placing blame aside, the dangers of driver fatigue are real and a constant threat on our roads. Just little over a week ago, a commercial truck rolled over on I-5 when the 53-year-old behind the wheel dozed off.

The accident occurred October 17 just before 5:30 am on Interstate 5 near milepost 286 where the truck hauling 20,000 pounds of frozen fish southbound rolled over, blocking lanes moving in that direction. The truck driver works for a Canadian company in British Columbia.

Luckily, the passenger of the truck was the only one injured, which was not serious. He was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment.

If you ever find yourself the victim of a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for injuries and property damage if it can be proven the truck driver was negligent. That said, statistics show the majority of accidents involving commercial trucks are the fault of negligent drivers in smaller vehicles. You deserve compensation if the other party is negligent, just make sure it’s not you!

Don Jacobs
Don Jacobs
Don is licensed to practice law in all Washington and Oregon state and federal courts. He is an active member of the Washington, Oregon and American Trial Lawyers Associations and a frequent lecturer on legal issues for both the Oregon and Washington associations.
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