Getting injured is always a terrible experience, particularly if the injury is a result of someone else’s carelessness and indifference towards the safety of others. The law states, however, that if anyone gets injured because of another person’s negligent behavior, then that person shall be accountable for the financial consequences of the injury. If a lawsuit is filed against the liable party (the person who was the cause of the injury), then they may be required to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.
Tort law, under which personal injury cases are classified, is a key area of the law which protects the rights of, and provides relief to, injury victims. It permits them to receive compensation, usually financial, for the economic losses they are subjected to and the cost of medical treatment they may need to go through. However, tort law is often fairly complicated, and typically requires legal assistance in order for an individual to successfully pursue a claim for damages. A personal injury attorney can represent you in any of the many different cases of personal injury, especially truck accidents due to drunk driving.
Truck Accidents Due to Drunk Driving
Commercial or 18-wheeler trucks are often harder to drive than normal vehicles: they are much harder to maneuver, especially when they’re overloaded, driven at high speed or operated by a fatigued or, worse, drunk driver. As a remedy to driver fatigue, truck drivers are prohibited from driving more than 11 hours non-stop.
As many as 500,000 tractor-trailer accidents are recorded in the US annually with about 5,000 resulting in death. An 18-wheeler, a big rig, a tractor trailer or a semi-trailer simply poses greater road danger when handled incorrectly or carelessly than a normal vehicle. Thus, it takes rigorous tests and training to obtain a special license to drive one.
A bigger and more dangerous vehicle naturally causes a more severe injury if involved in an accident. If you or anyone you know is a victim of a truck accident, especially if it’s due to drunk driving, make sure you call a personal injury lawyer immediately. Know what your rights are and make sure you fight for them.