Consumer demand drives the trucking industry, along with deadlines to deliver cargo around the US. Truck drivers often lead an unenviable, stress-filled existence in many cases, driving to make a paycheck, driving to make a delivery on time, driving through traffic, driving in tight spaces, and more. They may sometimes turn to drugs to keep them awake, drugs to get them to sleep, as well as other distractions to pass the time during the many hours on the road. It can be an extremely unhealthy lifestyle for some, and with too many hours on the road, truckers become a hazard. They may begin to rely on temptations like talking on smartphones, texting continually, and fiddling with other electronics to entertain themselves—causing the potential for death or injury to other motorists sharing the road.
Because a truck has such overpowering weight in comparison to a 4,000-pound car, the emphasis on safety is critical. Truck drivers may keep the economy rolling in the US, but they also can wreak havoc on the road in the case of an accident. If you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver, it is possible that you have a very strong case against them. This is exactly what the trucking company will be worried about though, and prepared to protect themselves against, unfortunately, There are some good trucking companies out there, but there are bad ones too and they are not above falsifying evidence.
Logbooks regarding how long truckers have been on the road are a common source of duplicity, and are sometimes even referred to as ‘joke books.’ Often, pressure comes from unscrupulous companies who may dispatch truckers for long hours beyond what they are legally allowed to work, and documents may be falsified at more than one level, especially about driver qualifications and testing, truck inspections, and maintenance. A skilled attorney like Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC will not let the trucking company or the insurance company off the hook if you are having trouble getting your insurance claim paid. As the individual who was put in harm’s way, your settlement is a priority.
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others, this is not the time to go it alone! Please call the law offices of Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC as soon as possible at (713) 748-7453 or visit AttorneySgtPike for a no-obligation case review.