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Truck accidents are some of the most catastrophic of all motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. As such, they are also some of the most dangerous. Weighing tens of thousands of pounds, commercial trucking vehicles are inordinately bigger and heavier than the cars and motorcycles with which they share the streets and highways. This makes accidents involving trucks and
cars the kind that can easily lead to serious injuries and death for those drivers and passengers involved.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Immediately following your accident, one of the most important steps that will need to be taken is to contact an attorney. With the help of a lawyer by your side, you will have a legal professional assisting in the investigation of your accident and the assessment of its causes. When it comes to determining the fault of a truck accident there are many factors that will need to be reviewed and none of which should be overlooked.
From the truckers themselves; to the companies that employ them; to the manufacturers of their vehicles; no one should be exempt from investigation. Figuring out exactly what caused the accident in which you were involved is one of the most crucial steps to taking legal action. Therefore, it cannot be handled lightly, nor can it be attended to by anyone other than an experienced truck accident lawyer. What must be considered when analyzing a truck accident is the following:
Driver Negligence: Was the truck driver that was involved in the accident acting negligently? Were they paying enough attention to the road? For example, when a trucker fails to sufficiently check his / her mirrors and blind spots before making a lane change, those inactions can be evidence of negligent conduct that could lead to a serious collision.
Driver Recklessness: Reckless driving behaviors are unsafe for everyone, and this is especially true when a truck is involved. Speeding, driving under the influence, texting while driving, running a red light, etc. are dangerous behaviors no matter who is doing them. And when it is the driver of a large commercial truck, surrounding vehicle drivers and passengers can be tragically affected.
Driver Fatigue: A trucker is regulated by a standard set of State and Federal operating procedures. These include how many hours at a time that they are legally permitted to be on the road. Exhausted drivers will find it much more difficult to effectively and safely operate the heavy vehicles they are driving. Therefore, they are confined to driving for no more than 11 hours a day. Considering the fact that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that crash risk doubles between the 8th and 10th hours of driving, exceeding these limits can be seriously dangerous.
Employer Negligence: Employers are expected to conduct thorough background checks on the employees they hire. They are also expected to ensure that their truckers are fit to drive before each and every journey. This means that a trucking company needs to keep track of the types of employees it hires and their behaviors before and during work. Failing to notice that a new employee has a criminal record for DUI or overlooking the fact that a current employee has been driving past his / her allotted hours could be considered a gross oversight of the employer and cause for legal action.
Defective Truck Equipment: Sometimes, the fault of a trucking accident lies not with the driver and not with the company, but with the manufacturer of the truck and / or the vehicle's equipment. When a commercial vehicle is equipped with faulty brakes or tires, a blowout, spinout, etc. could cause a catastrophic accident, even if the trucker is on-point and the company has taken every precaution necessary.
Overloaded / Oversized Trucks: It is considered to be unsafe and illegal to overload commercial trucks that are already both large and heavy before being loaded with additional cargo. The government has issued strict weight standards for trucks traveling along state highways across the country. When these rules are not adhered to, an overloaded truck that is making a turn could topple and subsequently cause an accident.
Recovering the Full Compensation You Deserve
There are many more causes of truck accidents, none of which are any less severe than those described above. If you were involved in a collision with a commercial truck and you suspect that any of the conditions described above are to blame, then you should not hesitate to speak with an attorney at this firm. The legal team at Barry Regar APLC have the expertise and knowledge to determine whether or not truck driver criminal or negligent behavior, bad weather conditions, poor maintenance or something else was to blame for the accident that ultimately left you injured or the death of a loved one. When you contact Attorney Regar from our firm you will benefit from the skill set of an experienced legal professional. Call now to learn more!