Transport trucks get used to haul food and other items over the road, taking them from place to place. That practice allows stores to carry a wider range of goods. On the other hand, it forces motorists to share the highway with huge and dangerous vehicles. Someone who has been involved in a transport-related accident could have troubling, possibly catastrophic injuries. Still, even a victim with such injuries must identify the action that caused the development of such a disorder.
Typical causes for a transport-related accident:
• The driver is not paying close attention to what he is doing.
• The driver feels fatigued.
• The driver has become distracted.
• The driver’s reactions are slow, so that he reacts to hazards slowly.
• The driver has violated certain traffic laws.
• The cargo on the transport vehicle was not loaded properly.
Studies have shown that of all the causes listed above, the presence of a fatigued person at the wheel of the transporting truck explains the reason for most of the accidents that involve such large vehicles. For that reason, Ontario has passed a law requiring drivers to remain at the wheel for no more than 13 hours per day. In addition, each of the same drivers must have at least 10 hours of rest time every day.
How Ontario’s laws are helping the province’s personal injury lawyers:
Following the occurrence of a transport-related accident, the injury lawyer in Oakville for any injured party needs to determine what caused that collision to take place. Ontario has made it easier for lawyers to determine whether or not the driver’s level of fatigue helped to increase the chances for a collision.
Ontario has told transport drivers on its highways that each of them must keep a log. That log must show how much of the driver’s time has been spent at the steering wheel each day. Furthermore, the driver’s log has to be kept in the truck, where it can be viewed by police and other government representatives.
The hours given in the log represent an important piece of information. They reveal whether or not Ontario’s rules have been observed. Failure to observe those rules can weaken any case that was made by a trucking company or a truck’s operator/driver. A lawyer can take advantage of that weakness, and strengthen a client’s case.
By strengthening a client’s case, an injury lawyer can work to win a larger award for that same client. That gives the same injury lawyer the ability to add another win to his or her growing list of victories. At the same time, it provides the client with a greater level of assurance that he or she will manage to obtain a fair compensation for all of the collision-associated injuries.