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Most Common Vehicular Accidents Involving Trucks

Common Causes of Car Accidents with Trucks

Things can become more difficult if a truck is involved in an accident than they could be in a more simple traffic mishap. You can decide whether you have a strong personal injury case after a truck accident by knowing the typical causes of truck accidents and the connections between the parties (related to the vehicle, trailer, and cargo).

When a semi-trailer vehicle is in operation, several things can go wrong. The primary factor in car accidents involving large trucks is truck driver mistakes. Common circumstances entail (among others) driver exhaustion, drug usage, driver error, and equipment difficulties.

When a Trucker is Fatigued and/or Uses Drugs Before Traveling

Fatigue or drowsiness can:

  • reduce a driver’s ability to maneuver the truck significantly
  • reduce judgment
  • decrease response times, and
  • hinder the driver’s ability to make prudent driving choices.

A weary driver runs the risk of dozing off, becoming distracted or misjudging road conditions. The effects of controlled substances may be comparable, if necessary. Additionally, carriers are required to test all drivers involved in fatal accidents as well as periodically random examinations of all drivers who are on duty.

Reckless Driving and Trucker Errors

Collisions can also result from driver mistakes including speeding, going over the speed limit, and neglecting to check for blind areas.

Equipment Issues with Tractor-Trailers

Failure of equipment or mechanical components is another frequent reason for truck accidents. Crash causes can include manufacturing issues (like faulty tires) or design flaws (such as forgetting to include backup alerts or object detection systems).

Trucking accidents can also result from equipment failure that is not properly maintained. Several typical failures that frequently result in mechanical issues include:

  • Incorrect cargo loading or fastening causes truck rollover
  • Taking out or turning off the front brakes (to minimize the expense of tire and brake wear and replacement costs)
  • Failing to keep the brakes up
  • Faulty steering
  • Blowouts caused by poorly maintained tires, and
  • Improperly attaching the trailer, increasing the risk of jackknifing.

A Trucking Accident: Who Is Responsible?

It can be more difficult to establish fault in a truck accident than it is in a straightforward car-to-car collision. After a truck crash, a number of parties could be legally accountable for a victim’s injuries and other losses (“damages”), including:

  • the truck operator
  • the proprietor of the trailer or truck
  • the truck loader
  • the truck manufacturer, a supplier of parts, or even
  • a local authority or contractor in charge of designing or maintaining a highway.

If numerous parties could be held accountable for a vehicle accident, you might be able to maximize your payout by pursuing multiple claims.

Trucker Responsibility

You could file a lawsuit against a truck driver if their carelessness, such as driving while tired, distracted, or speeding, resulted in an accident. Since a truck driver is often in charge of doing maintenance checks and ensuring that the cargo is loaded properly, if a maintenance issue or cargo shift causes a truck accident, the trucker may be at least partially to blame for the incident.

However, your attorney will likely hunt for additional potential liable parties, such as the trucking business, since a truck driver’s insurance coverage might not be able to compensate you for your injuries fully.

Liability of Trucking Companies

By mandating that drivers operate their trucks as independent owner-operators, trucking corporations may try to protect themselves from culpability for trucking accidents. However, a trucking company’s argument that the driver is the only person accountable because of their status as an independent contractor won’t always be valid.

Liability of the Cargo Shipper and Loader

The consignment may be sealed the entire time the trucking firm handles it when a carrier acts as an independent contractor to convey freight for another business. Someone could be held accountable for the accident if the cargo was incorrectly loaded or secured. For instance, a loader who utilized the wrong straps overloaded the trailer, or neglected to use enough tie-downs may be held accountable.

Manufacturer Liability for Vehicles and Parts

Poor maintenance may have contributed to the breakdown of a truck component, such as a flat tire, failed brakes, or a steering issue. You could also be able to hold the manufacturer and distributor accountable if the failed component or system was a result of a flaw.

Public Sector Liability

If a road contains flaws that contributed to the collision, such as poor design, cracked pavement, or a wet spot, local governments and their contractors may be accountable. Other potential reasons for an accident that the local government or its contractors could be held responsible for include a work zone setup that resulted in a collision, insufficient warning signs, and faulty guardrails.

Discuss Your Case with a Personal Injury Lawyer!

Truck incidents are much more complicated than other auto accidents, so if you’re considering suing for damages after a trucking accident, you should speak with a lawyer first. At Wadler Law, we put our clients’ best interests before anything else. Our goal is to make sure they go home with a settlement that can cover any medical expense brought on by an accident. Call our Houston law office today!

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