Causes of Truck Accidents
Protecting the Rights of Victims of Negligence
Commercial tractor-trailers and trucks are among the largest and most dangerous vehicles on our roads. Due to their sheer size and weight, articulated construction, and difficulty to maneuver and stop, they pose considerable risks to public safety and a greater likelihood of being involved in accidents due to a variety of factors. When victims harmed in trucking accidents choose to exercise their legal rights to pursue personal injury cases, sifting through the many potential causes and identifying what led to the wreck becomes essential to securing full and fair compensation.
Determining the underlying cause of a truck accident may be more difficult than identifying the cause of a typical car accident, but it can be done effectively with the help of a proven lawyer. The Woodlands Truck Accident Lawyer R. Jason Holladay has extensive experience protecting the rights of the injured and the wronged throughout Texas, as well as the tools needed to conduct fruitful investigations into wrecks involving commercial trucks. When you choose our firm, you can feel confident knowing your case will be in caring and highly capable hands.
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Why Trucking Accidents Happen
Because there are many potential hazards associated with commercial trucks, there can be many factors at play when it comes to an underlying cause, or multiple circumstances that lead to an accident. Some of the most common include:
- Safety Violations – Because commercial trucks pose significant dangers to the public, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. These regulations, enforced by state and federal agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), are designed to reduce risks of accidents that can be caused by a number of issues. Important regulations include those requiring trucking operators to regularly maintain vehicles, properly load cargo, and ensure that drivers they hire and employ are fit and qualified to operate vehicles. When trucking companies fail to abide by regulations and cause accidents as a result, they can be held liable for damages suffered by victims.
- Driver Negligence – Truck drivers have an important legal duty to take reasonable measures in operating their rigs safely. They also have an obligation to abide by safety regulations. For example, truckers must all abide by traffic laws, as speeding, unsafe lane changes, distracted driving, and other traffic violations can have devastating consequences. They must also be certified and properly licensed to operate a commercial vehicle, and may not drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Driver negligence is a leading cause of truck accidents, and truckers and their employers can be held liable for negligence that results in harm to victims.
- Tired Drivers – Driver fatigue has been found to be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. When a tired driver is behind the wheel of a truck that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, they put the public at serious risk. This is why the FMCSA enforces strict hours-of-service rules, which are designed to limit the amount of hours drivers can work and be behind the wheel in a day and in a week. Unfortunately, truckers and trucking companies may violate these regulations in order to maximize profits, but they can be held accountable when they do, and liable for damages they cause.
- Equipment Malfunction – Defective auto parts can cause accidents in any vehicle, and they can cause serious collisions and harm when they affect commercial trucks. In cases involving defective or unsafe equipment, it becomes important to determine whether potential hazards could and should have been addressed by trucking companies, or whether auto parts were defectively manufactured or designed by manufacturers. Determining who is responsible for defective or unsafe equipment can help in determining who can be held at fault.
These are only a few general examples of factors that can lead to trucking accidents, which is why it becomes crucial for victims to work with a proven lawyer who know what to look for when investigating wrecks. Our legal team pays close attention to these common causes, violations, and other circumstances to identify when negligence played a role in causing or contributing to a crash. This is because personal injury and wrongful death claims are centered on proving negligence more likely than not caused a victim to suffer injury and damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among others.
Leveling the Playing Field
While investigating the cause of an accident and establishing fault and liability is a challenge in trucking accidents, these cases are further complicated by the fact that trucking operators and commercial insurers are aggressive in protecting their bottom line. As corporations, they often place profits over people, and work zealously to deny or underpay claims from victims. As such, victims need to work with an attorney who has the experience and resources to level the playing field.
At Holladay Law Firm, PLLC, we focus exclusively on protecting the rights of victims harmed by negligence, even when they face off against powerful defendants and corporations that want to minimize payouts. By focusing on meticulous investigations and preparation that builds strong cases, we put our clients in the best possible position for recovering the compensation they deserve.
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After being involved in a truck accident, one of the best things you can do to protect your rights and ensure you take the most appropriate steps toward a positive resolution is to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorney is readily available to help residents throughout The Woodlands and the surrounding areas of Texas. Call (281) 771-1331 for a FREE consultation.