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

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.

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Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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