When a work truck or any type of truck is involved in an accident, usually the accident is serious in nature and the consequences are more severe. With work trucks specifically, other legalities come into play when investigating a roadway accident because truck drivers are governed differently than the rest of us. There are rules and regulations that truckers have to abide by that are not applicable to individuals that drive cars. For instance, in order to drive a truck a commercial driver’s license is required and this license mandates that certain rules and regulations are adhered to in order to maintain the license.
In Las Vegas, there was a truck accident recently involving a pedestrian and a moving truck. Apparently, the truck was lawfully traveling on the roadway when a pedestrian tried to beat the truck and jumped out into the roadway. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital as a result of the accident. Luckily for the pedestrian, the injuries were not severe in nature. A police investigation determined that the pedestrian inappropriately entered the crosswalk and caused the accident. No citations were issued.
However, in cases where the trucker is at fault, the official investigation often looks to see if there was any type of truck driver negligence that contributed to the accident. Negligent truck maintenance, unqualified truck drivers or defective auto parts can all play a part in the negligence that may come under investigation in truck accidents. Federal trucking regulations are the legal mandates that all truckers must follow when operating their vehicle.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Pedestrian injured by moving truck,” Bethany Barnes, April 17, 2014