What role do truck drivers play in crash cases and overall road safety?

What role do truck drivers play in crash cases and overall road safety?


Tom Mustin, Ask The Lawyers: What role do truck drivers have in truck crash cases and more generally, the safety of our roads and highways?

Nick Gurney, Gurney Law: A lot of folks, Tom, think that the work that we do is anti-trucker. And we’re not anti-trucker. We support the trucking industry. It’s a vital part of our nation’s infrastructure.

Truck drivers play a role in truck crashes in the sense that they’re behind the wheel. They’re the captain of the ship, and they’re responsible for doing things like pre- and post-trip inspections and following the rules of the road, hours of service – the number of hours they’re allowed to drive – but it doesn’t end there.

Truck drivers are put in very difficult positions. They’re the most surveilled employees in our country. They’re watched all the time. They drive long hours for less money than they should be paid, frankly. And often they’re paid on a per-mile scheme, which is… many folks think inherently dangerous scheme, where it incentivizes trucks going faster, cutting corners, and taking dangerous routes. So we really, we sympathize with the truck drivers; in many situations, they’re just put in really tough spots when all they’re trying to do is put food on the table. It’s really a difficult job.

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Nicholas Gurney

Nicholas Gurney is a Trial Attorney and Managing Partner at Gurney Law, PLLC. Nicholas serves as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida and acts as a product safety advocate for clients in our community. Outside the office, Nicholas enjoys amateur woodworking and machining, trips to the dog park with his dog, Nate, and spending time with his niece and nephew, both of whom are wise beyond their years.