Sharing the Kentucky highways with big rigs will always be dangerous. Semi-truck and tractor-trailer drivers who who fail to exercise reasonable care and cause truck accidents may face personal injury and/or personal injury claims. Of course, preventing truck accidents is not only the responsibility of the truck drivers.
A significant part of the fault in many truck accidents is that of employers and fleet owners. The sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles often cause critical or even fatal injuries in car vs. truck accidents. Like in any other industry, employers of truck drivers are responsible for employee safety on-site and on the road.
The following should form part of the safety protocols of transportation companies:
- Driving courses: Employers must provide training courses to teach truck operators defensive driving.
- Specific risks: Different cargo loads pose different risks, and drivers must receive training to deal with particular dangers. One example is the transportation of dangerous or toxic chemicals that could exacerbate danger levels on the road.
- Alcohol and drug use: The long periods away from home and loved ones and other aspects of this career cause many truck drivers to abuse alcohol and/or drugs. Employers must offer programs to help employees with such problems.
- Cellphones: Cellphone distractions cause many large truck accidents. Employers must have a strict policy in place to prevent cellphone use while driving.
- Limited hours: Employers must ensure that targets and deadlines are achievable to prevent drivers from exceeding the allowed driving hours. Driver fatigue is the reason for many truck accidents.
Victims of truck accidents in Kentucky can pursue financial relief through the state’s civil justice system. With the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, these and other forms of negligence can be documented. Several defendants might be named in many truck accident cases, including drivers, employers, manufacturers, maintenance mechanics, and more. Legal counsel can advocate for the plaintiff in the quest to recover financial losses and other damages.