Did you ever think you would go to jail for your truck driving job?
The risks involved in a truck driving job are nothing new. Driving a truck for a living has always been a dangerous career.
The trucks are heavy. When these heavy vehicles are rolling down the interstate, there’s a great deal of momentum. They do not stop on a dime.
People can get hurt and/or killed as a result of a tractor trailer accident.
There are risks involved in being a truck driver, which many drivers are not fully aware of.
In the past, truck driving jobs weren’t easier, but the jobs paid better. The wages were in line with the cost of living at the time.
So for the risks drivers were taking, the generous wages helped to compensate for the risks taken.
For truck drivers today, the wages have not kept up with the cost of living index. Many truck driving jobs do not pay in line with the cost of living index.
Distracted driving is a serious, prevalent danger on the highways. It is of particular interest to the professional driver. It’s just one more thing a professional truck driver must deal with on a daily basis.
Some truck drivers are known to be distracted from their driving by electronic equipment.
The law enforcement bodies have recognized that this is indeed a problem. The law is clamping down on this unsafe practice.
Being Prepared For the Worst
Drivers (at fault) are being charged with man slaughter in some instances, where they are guilty of distracted driving. Even when the police are unsure of the particulars of the accident, charges are often laid against the truck driver, when there is doubt.
Accidents involving tractor trailers are complex.
Drivers can be a financially stressful situation as a result. They often must secure legal representation to prove their innocence. Worst of all, there’s no guarantee of their success in proving their innocence in a situation.
Even if they ARE successful in proving their innocence, they are still responsible for their legal costs.
In the event they are guilty of the offence they’ve been charged with, they may be incarcerated as well.
So the truck driver has a great deal of personal liabilty with a professional truck driving job. It’s not a matter of throwing the blame on the trucking company, whether the truck driver is a company driver or an owner operator.
Driver risk is high. Criminal charges can be laid against any truck driver, even if the driver is indeed innocent.
Trucking companies have a fixed amount of insurance. Sometimes law suit claims for a horrific accident involving a tractor trailer, can be greater than the trucking company’s maximum coverage.
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Do You Have the Financial Means to Protect Yourself Legally?
My question to you is this. Does your truck driving job pay sufficiently to take the risk that you could be charged criminally in the event of an accident?
You could be found at fault in the accident investigation, whether you truly are at fault or not. It’s up to you to prove your innocence and it may be your cost, not the trucking company’s responsibility.
The stress of such a situation is huge.
Things in an accident case can get very complex when there are criminal charges against the driver especially when those charges are distracted driving charges. The law takes an extremely dim view of distracted driving nowadays.
As a result of an accident, you could
i) Loose your driving job.
ii) Have no income as a result of loosing your driving job.
iii) Criminal charges. Incarceration?
Is it worth it? That’s what drivers must take into consideration when taking on a career as a truck driver.
Risks have increased. Pay has decreased.
Risks have increased exponentially, due to the high volume traffic, other distracted drivers. The odds of being involved in an accident, are high.
Dash cams can be an absolute life saver for the truck driver. A driver facing camera and at least one road facing camera are an investment in your safety, innocence and well being as a professional trucker.
Beware of those targeting trucks to claim insurance money. Scams like this do exist.
Risky jobs need to be paid appropriately.
Driving a truck is more than just shifting gears and pointing the truck in the right direction. It involves good judgement, fast decisions, reaction time and many other factors to do the job well and safely.
Some industries call the risk factor pay, ‘danger pay’. However, in trucking, no such thing seems to exist.
It IS Possible You Could Go to Jail For Your Truck Driving Job
Do you have money set aside should the need arise to defend yourself if something goes wrong and you are involved in a serious accident? Are you able to defend yourself adequately with legal representation?
It can happen to any driver at any time.
Be sure to give this some thought. Be prepared at all times for the worst. Are you able to hire a high level criminal lawyer to get you out of jail should the need arise?
Legal trouble for truckers can be just around the corner.
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