Truck accidents can be caused by any number of things. When truck accidents occur, the resulting injuries to those involved, especially those in smaller vehicles, can be catastrophic. When the truck driver is to blame for the accident, the company that employs the driver is responsible for his or her actions and any damage caused.
In some cases, the trucking company has not adequately vetted its employees. Perhaps they are not conducting drug tests regularly. Maybe they are employing people who lack the required credentials to operate the vehicle they are driving. Often, the truckers have been driving in excess of the number of hours they are allowed to by Federal law.
In some cases, an equipment failure leads to an accident. Sometimes this is the fault of the trucking company for not adequately checking the vehicle before they let it out onto the road. Other times the manufacturer of the defective part is to blame.
If you have been in a traffic accident with a large commercial truck, you need an attorney who understands the process of litigating claims against commercial insurers and who will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident.
We have had significant success in trucking accidents. We obtained a $5.5 million settlement for a woman who was rear-ended by a commercial box truck. We obtained a $2.91 million settlement for a truck driver involved in a chain reaction semi-truck crash. We obtained a $1.21 million jury verdict against a trucker who abandoned his truck in the middle of I-294.
We know how to find insurance coverage. We know what experts to hire. We know what tactics to take. We know how to maximize the value of your case.
Truck drivers are tasked with driving a massive vehicle for extended hours across the country. It is mentally and physically taxing work. For that reason, regulators have seen fit to limit the number of consecutive hours a truck driver can legally drive a truck. When those regulations are not followed, disaster can strike. Otherwise good drivers run the risk of causing an accident on the road. The consequences can be tragic. Driver error is thus the top reason for trucking accidents, although it bears noting that the truck driver is only responsible for the accident in 22% of cases.
Next on the list is poor vehicle maintenance. Before a truck departs on a delivery, the truck should be checked to make sure all of its components are in working order. The means making sure that the tires are properly inflated and all necessary systems are in good working order. When they are not and the truck causes the accident, the trucking company is liable.
The next most common reason for trucking accidents in the improper loading of cargo. When the cargo is not loaded properly, it creates a balance issue that can cause the truck to become off-balance when turning corners.
Lastly, inclement weather is responsible for a number of accidents, but truck drivers are held to a higher standard of safety when it comes to operating their vehicles.
If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries and property damage. Talk to the attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. for a free consultation.