Fort St. John Heavy Truck, Tractor Trailer and Semi-truck Accident Lawyers
MacLean Personal Injury has owned and operated its flagship Fort St. John truck accident lawyer and personal injury office in downtown Fort St. John for over a decade. Our Fort St. John truck accident lawyer team is highly experienced and familiar with the North Peace driving environment. Our aggressive and no nonsense Fort St. John truck accident lawyer team also acts out of our downtown Vancouver, Kelowna and Surrey personal injury offices.
When you are involved in a Fort St. John truck accident lawyer case or Dawson Creek semitrailer crash you need to meet with us for free before talking to ICBC to avoid a bad result. Call us today at 250-262-5052.
Why Is a Fort St. John Truck Accident Often Catastrophic?
Have you or someone you know been involved in an accident in Fort St. John or Dawson Creek truck accident involving a tractor trailer or semi-truck? Today’s blog from Spencer MacLean of MacLean Law’s flagship Fort St. John truck accident lawyer department provides an overview of accidents involving these types of vehicles.
Tractor-trailers or semi-trucks are prevalent on our roads in British Columbia, especially in the northern region where heavy industry is concentrated. Sharing the road with these larger vehicles requires added attention and awareness.
It is common for accidents involving semi-trucks to involve drivers who are speeding to maintain deadlines, suffering from work related fatigue or who are simply not aware of much smaller vehicles around them. Semi-trucks have much larger blind spots than normal vehicles and are less maneuverable and take longer to come to a complete stop.
What Are the Causes of a Fort St John Truck Accident?
Due to the nature of the industry and the cargo these vehicles carry, accidents can often be caused by the following:
b) Dangerous lane changes;
d) Failure to stop in time;
e) Oversized cargo;
f) Driver fatigue;
g) Failure to adhere to truck specific restrictions;
h) Failure to see smaller vehicles in blind spots; and
i) Failure to inspect the condition of the truck or secure the cargo properly.
Our Fort St. John Truck Accident Lawyer team understands that accidents involving semi-trucks can be devastating. It is critical if you have been involved in these types of accidents to secure legal counsel right away. Important documents such as the driver’s log can be altered or disappear entirely if not secured immediately.
What Is the Duty of Care in A Fort St. John Truck Accident Injury?
Spencer MacLean, Fort St. John truck accident lawyer explains the test for deciding who is at fault is nicely summarized in the following excerpt from the case of Penner International Inc. v. Basaraba Estate, 2013 BCSC 2356 involving a semi-truck accident where the plaintiff’s counsel argued the standard of care for truck drivers should be as follows:
 Counsel for the plaintiff referred to the recent Court of Appeal decision in Skinner v. Guo, 2010 BCCA 321, leave to appeal ref’d  S.C.C.A. No. 373. At para. 13 of that decision, Chief Justice Finch cited the words of Mr. Justice Major in the Supreme Court of Canada decision Ryan v. Victoria (City),  1 S.C.R. 201. Major J. stated at para. 28:
 Conduct is negligent if it creates an objectively unreasonable risk of harm. To avoid liability, a person must exercise the standard of care that would be expected of an ordinary, reasonable and prudent person in the same circumstances. The measure of what is reasonable depends on the facts of each case, including the likelihood of a known or foreseeable harm, the gravity of that harm, and the burden or cost which would be incurred to prevent the injury. In addition, one may look to external indicators of reasonable conduct such as custom, industry practice, and statutory or regulatory standards.