Commercial truck drivers have a greater responsibility to drive in a safe manner than drivers of regular motor vehicles. Truck drivers are held to this higher standard of care because of the heightened risk of injury if their large tractor-trailers are involved in an accident. That being said, truck drivers are human like anyone else and they have the ability to make mistakes and act in a negligent manner to cause accidents and injuries. If you are injured because a truck driver was negligent, an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney can help you hold that driver liable for his or her actions.
Sometimes, however, truck drivers do more than simply make a mistake. Driving a truck for hours on end across monotonous highways alone can severely affect some drivers’ moods. Additionally, many drivers are on tight schedules and want to make their deliveries as fast as possible in order to make the maximum income. Such drivers can get seriously frustrated with slow drivers, traffic, or other obstacles. When that frustration turns to anger, some drivers engage in road rage, which leads to aggressive driving behaviors. Such behaviors can be highly dangerous when driving a huge truck that may weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
Some road rage behaviors that can cause accidents include:
- Dangerous, frequent, and unnecessary lane changes
- Running red lights or other traffic signals
- Threatening other drivers
- Purposely trying to hit other vehicles
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered injury in an accident caused by a driver who had road rage, you deserve to be fully and justly compensated for all of your accident-related injuries and losses. Additionally, in a road rage case, victims may be entitled to punitive damages, which are meant to punish the responsible truck driver and attempt to deter such behavior. The truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping road rage victims recover the maximum amount of compensation possible. Do not hesitate to call our office today at (770) 487-8999 for help.