Truck Driver Negligence
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A negligent truck driver puts the lives of every other driver and passenger on that highway at risk. There are state and federal laws in place to prevent negligence, but the pressures of the job combined with high speeds and heavy cargos can lead to devastating accidents.
The personal injury lawyers at Gray, Ritter & Graham in St. Louis act quickly in a truck accident case to obtain all relevant information. That includes taking steps to assure that we have all available data about the driver’s condition at the time of the accident.
Due to the pressure of deadlines and lack of sleep, truck drivers may use stimulants or “uppers” to remain awake. Drug use behind the wheel can lead to speeding, inattentive driving, reckless driving, paranoia, depression and other side effects that are even more dangerous when combined with a large vehicle.
Drunk driving may extend liability in truck accident cases involving catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. In addition to the truck driver, liable parties in an injury case may include bar owners, restaurant owners, liquor stores and others who contributed to the driver being under the influence at the time of the accident.
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