Today’s Thoughts. By Jeff Head 9/28/14 Proctology Exams
Looks can be deceiving I have always heard and in a courtroom, well, they can hang your butt quicker than just about anything else there is. I have been flipping around Face book this fine Sunday morning and as I did, I came across a couple of different post that had one thing in common. The common thing being what happens when those on the outside look inside to the cab of your truck and just what it is you are doing in there. One post I seen was a news story where a million dollars was awarded simply on the fact that a driver took pictures while driving and another was asking about safe and legal sleep aids for truckers.
Now I know we are all safe drivers and we do everything thing we can to run legal. Simple fact is though many of the folks that we share the highway with are not let us say as professional minded as we try to be and will from time to time bump into us. When this happens, injuries sometimes occur or God forbid a death. Of course the fact that we just happen to drive a truck means big bucks even if nothing happens beyond a little scratched paint.
To win these big awards all they have to do is prove a pattern of you doing unsafe things while driving your truck. They do not have to prove that you were actually engaging in an unsafe practice at the time of the accident. In the case above with the million dollar award, the driver had posted pictures taken while driving down the road. This showed a pattern of distracted driving so, the case settled simply on the fact that at some point in time, the driver had driven while distracted taking a picture.
As for the question about safe and legal sleep aids for truckers, what do you think some high priced lawyer would do with a bottle of sleep aids, even the natural not one whiff of drugs contained within kind? Right off the bat you were sleepy due to misuse of the product and now their client is deformed and for life will have to live with the outcome of some unsafe trucker that was not properly rested and doped up on sleep aids. Do they have to prove this, not in any way shape or form. All they have to do is bring it up and the insurance company and your attorney will cave because basically when this fact hits the jury, your done. Cheaper to settle out of court and the driver walks away looking for a new career even though at the time of the accident, the driver was completely safe and legal in their actions.
Keep in mind, anything in your truck from simple cold medication to an empty soda pop bottle lying around will be used to show you in a very dim light in front of a jury. Anything you post in public can and will be scrutinized and used against you when the time comes. These settlements are worth millions and they will stop at nothing to show you for the unsafe common thug truck driver that everyone knows us truckers to be to win them.
My advice, live like you have a camera designed for a proctology exam following you around every moment of the day. Because if you should ever be unlucky enough and they think the reward will be big enough, you are going to feel each inch of that camera as they use it without grease to probe where no one wants them to be probing. And you thought you loved trucking. Well, trucking is still fun, what they are doing to us, not so much.
BTW. How much you want to bet that this post could or would be warped into I intentionally hide the proof of my wrongdoing and unsafe driving habits? Oh well, if they really want me, they will find some screwed up way to get me.
God Bless America