Truck accidents can be extremely damaging and may leave multiple people
injured or worse. Semi-trucks weigh an average of 80,000 pounds and can
cause serious devastation to anyone and anything in its path. If caught
off balance or improperly driven, trucks can veer into opposing traffic,
sweep across multiple lanes, or tip. Trucks might sometimes be poorly
loaded, inadequately maintained, or driven carelessly. Any such mistake
could cause a truck to crash, spill cargo, or otherwise cause damage.
If you or someone you love was injured in a trucking accident, make sure
you know your rights and how to determine who might be at fault.
Potential Causes of Trucking Accidents
There are many issues that could cause a truck accident, including, but
not limited to:
- Careless drivers
- Drunk, drugged, or drowsy drivers
- Inadequately trained drivers
- Poorly loaded or overloaded trailers
- Improperly secured cargo
- Badly maintained trucks
- Part or vehicle malfunctions
Issues like these can be caused by the negligence of the truck driver,
the trucking company, truck manufacturer, or other parties. If you were
injured in an accident, make sure you know what circumstances caused your crash.
Trucking Company Liability
Trucking companies are responsible for following certain rules and guidelines
set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA).
These rules are in place to protect the truck drivers and ensure safety
for all other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the roads. Without
such rules in place, or despite these rules, trucking companies may fail
to provide safe vehicles or driving conditions for their employees, putting
everyone in danger. When an accident is caused by the negligence or carelessness
of trucking companies, they could be held liable for the resulting damage.
Other Sources of Liability
If the driver acted negligently, he or she could be held solely liable
for your accident. If the driver was poorly trained or inadequately equipped,
the mistakes of the driver could be owed to the negligence of the driver’s
employer. Sometimes trucking companies may refuse their drivers their
allotted breaks, pushing drivers to the brink of exhaustion, leading to
dangerous driver drowsiness. In these situations, the company could be
at fault. However, if the driver was drugged or intoxicated, or otherwise
careless, they could be held responsible for the resulting damage.
In situations where the brakes or other vehicle parts failed, the parts
manufacturer might be at fault. However, if the mechanics failed because
the truck was poorly maintained, the truck mechanic might be responsible,
or the trucking company, if they failed to provide adequate maintenance.
In other cases, the cargo companies responsible for safely packing and
securing the loads carried by these large trucks could be responsible
for failing to do their job properly.
Contact Goodman Acker P.C.
to discuss your case with our truck accident attorneys.