Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Driver’s history is more relevant in cases involving trucks and commercial tractor-trailers

By Rick Shapiro, Truck Accident Lawyer

When a truck or commercial tractor-trailer accident occurs, the truck driver’s record is relevant. This is because usually the big rig is usually owned by a trucking company or some other type of corporate entity. The truck driver is operating the tractor-trailer because that’s the job he was hired to do and if he was hired, even with a poor driving record, that’s a relevant factor in the your truck wreck injury case.

This month, a 4-year-old boy was killed in a truck crash. The at-fault driver of the truck was drunk.

The family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver and his father’s company, due to negligent entrustment of the vehicle and the at-fault driver’s drunken driving history.

The medical background of a driver who caused a crash can be relevant in a case involving a commercial vehicle. For instance, failure to control a condition such as diabetes can be relevant in an accident case. One of our firm attorneys recently obtained a sizable settlement after discovering the at-fault diabetic driver, had a history of car wrecks and should have realized his medical condition could cause a serious car crash.

The Hampton Roads cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach paid about $7.5 million to more than 1,700 victims of accidents involving commercial vehicles from 2004-2006, according to a Virginian-Pilot analysis. Those accidents routinely involved city trucks.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and our attorneys have experience handling truck accident cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) although our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We are ready to talk to you by phone right now—we provide free initial confidential injury case consultations, so call us toll free at 1-800-752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.


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