Sometimes it seems like people will say just about anything to avoid responsibility.
To a certain extent, we’re used to excuses. Drunk drivers make excuses all the time, claiming they haven’t had a drink in hours or that the blood test is a false positive. People who fall asleep behind the wheel claim they were wide awake, even when their car takes out two and a half miles of highway signage. Excuses are everywhere. But a truck driver in Florida has taken excuse-making to a whole new level.
It was a big accident, so of course it required a big excuse. After his tractor-trailer struck a bus, then crashed into a seafood market, the driver of the vehicle claimed that a wasp had been the cause of the accident, rather than his own negligence, according to a Jacksonville news report. Also included in the report was the fact that the truck windows were rolled up and there was no sign of the offending insect anywhere inside.
Truck drivers rack up thousands and thousands of miles a year, so it is no surprise that they are involved in a large amount of accidents. It is important they take responsibility for their actions when they do cause an accident. Don’t take excuses at face value. Common excuses truck drivers might use to escape responsibility include:
- Bad weather rendering their truck difficult to control
- Poor signage or traffic control lights
- Poor road maintenance
- Being cut off or otherwise attempting to shift responsibility to other drivers
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a truck or tractor-trailer, expect to hear excuses. The best thing you can do is seek out a qualified attorney to help you cut through the excuses and get the complete truth on fault and negligence.