Prince George Truck Accident Lawyers
It is not uncommon to see the highways and roads surrounding Prince George filled with trucks transporting logging supplies, construction materials, consumer products, and other commercial goods to communities throughout the province. Truck drivers are essential workers who deliver essential items across the nation.
However, driving a truck is a difficult and onerous job. Safely operating a large, heavy commercial truck is no small feat. It is one that requires skill, constant attention, and hypervigilance about safety.
Unfortunately, for a number of different reasons, truck drivers could adopt unsafe habits behind the wheel. On the road for days on end, truck drivers can easily let their guards down, take shortcuts, and by doing so, put other road-users at risk.
Truck drivers might also feel pressured to ignore the rules of the road to meet the rigorous demands of their job. Sometimes racing to meet difficult deadlines, truck drivers could exceed the speed limit, ignore traffic signs and signals, hastily change lanes without signaling, or engage in other kinds of recklessness. They might also feel the need to forgo sleep and force themselves to stay awake long past the point of exhaustion. They could also rely on stimulants, amphetamines, or other substances to stay awake. These habits could lead to devastating truck accidents in which other road-users lose their lives.
Driver distraction is another common form of negligence to which truck operators are often susceptible. Spending so many hours of the day in isolation, truck drivers might rely on many distractions to pass the time, including using their cell phones or eating full meals while their vehicles are in motion. If a truck driver glances away from the windshield for even a second, the consequences of that decision could be felt for years to come.
Approximately 60 people are killed each year in truck accidents throughout British Columbia. Hundreds more sustain severe, life-changing injuries with long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial ramifications.
If you were injured in a collision caused by a negligent truck driver, our Prince George truck accident lawyers may be able to assist you. If your truck accident occurred before May 1, 2021, you may be eligible to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault driver and any other contributorily negligent parties to recover compensation for damages you have incurred or will incur in the future. To discuss options that might be available to you, call 1-800-JUSTICE to schedule a free initial consultation with our truck accident lawyers serving Prince George.
If you were injured in a truck accident that took place after May 1, 2021, your ICBC claim will be impacted by institutional changes recently implemented by the provincially-owned insurance company. ICBC’s newly introduced no-fault model of auto insurance takes away accident victims’ rights to pursue civil claims against at-fault motorists, except in specific circumstances. Instead, injured accident victims are required to rely only on the ICBC accident benefits they are awarded. If these benefits are too low to cover an injured victim’s total losses, it is now more difficult than ever to appeal ICBC’s unfair decision.
The so-called “enhanced care” model of insurance introduced by ICBC makes it more difficult for people suffering through challenging times to get the fair treatment and compensation they should be owed. To express your concerns about this new, no-fault insurance system, contact your MLA.
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