In certain situations, people have duties of care toward one another even if they are complete strangers in order to prevent injury. Some examples of duties of care include business owners keeping their premises reasonably safe for customers and doctors providing proper medical care to patients. Another duty of care exists for all drivers to use reasonable care to keep others safe from harm while on the road. Truck drivers are no different and they also have a duty of care toward all other drivers. If a truck driver fails to meet that duty of care and does not drive with reasonable care, they will be held liable for any injuries or losses that result from their breach of duty. If you have been injured in a truck accident because a driver was negligent, a Clayton County truck accident attorney can help you recover for your losses.
Some requirements for truck driver reasonable care are outlined in the law and some are not as clear cut. Some examples of truck driver duties include:
- Following all traffic laws
- Following all regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Driving at a reasonable speed for the weather conditions
- Staying vigilant and keeping an active lookout for other drivers, road hazards, pedestrians, bicyclists and others
- Remaining in control of the truck
- Properly and regularly inspecting and maintaining the truck
- Not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Not participating in aggressive driving, fatigued driving, or distracted driving
If a truck driver fails to abide by any of the above duties, they will likely be found negligent in a court of law and will have to pay for any injuries or damage caused. If you have been the victim of a trucking accident, it is important that you contact a truck accident lawyer to help with your case as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to call the Law Office of Shane Smith at (980) 246-2656 today.