What Do You Think Of When You Think Of Truck Drivers?
One bad apple spoils the whole bunch, according to the old saying. When it comes to truck drivers, a few bad drivers have given the entire bunch a negative reputation. Many people think of all truckers as careless or even reckless. They see semi-trucks and think they are accidents waiting to happen.
The truth is that most truck drivers are honest, hard-working men and women. They work a stressful job where they are paid not by the hour, but by the mile. A recent article at Overdrive Online detailed a driver who selflessly went above and beyond the call of duty, not to get the job done, but to save the lives of those he shares the road with.
Truck Driver Saves Two Lives In Two Separate Accidents
With the number of hours truck drivers spend on the road, it should come as no surprise that they often come upon auto accident scenes even before police or ambulances. When Gary Hurd found himself the first person on two separate accident scenes in a short period of time, he was not content to simply call 911 and sit back. In one instance, he pulled a hurt child from the wreckage, gave her CPR and saved her life. In another, he rescued a man from a burning vehicle.
After his heartless acts, did he take time off? Did he even tell his coworkers about his actions? No. He simply went back to work. Everything was business as usual for Mr. Hurd, until his employers got thank you letters from the victims.
Stories like this are actually fairly common within the trucking industry. It is acts like this that should define truckers. A few bad apples should not spoil the whole bunch.
The Bad Apples Should Be Held Accountable
As mentioned, truckers tend to be paid by the mile, rather than by the hour. Furthermore, there are rules about the number of hours they can spend behind the wheel and more. This puts them in a difficult position. A small percentage of truck drivers may choose to deal with that position by driving too fast, spending too many hours behind the wheel and driving fatigued, or making careless choices that can ultimately lead to serious truck crashes. When they do, they should be held accountable.
Trucking accident victims have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries. Not only do claims allow victims to get money for medical bills and other costs associated with the truck wreck, but they may lead to repercussions for the trucker send a message to other truck drivers that negligence will not be tolerated. An attorney at the law office of Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., can provide you guidance in this process.