What Makes a Trucking Case Different?
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While any vehicle accident can be devastating, truck accidents are uniquely so. For one thing, these catastrophic accidents are more likely to lead to catastrophic injuries, resulting in overwhelming medical costs. Truck accidents are also closely regulated by state and federal laws, which can create complex issues regarding liability. In a trucking investigation, liability may fall on one or more party, including the truck driver, trucking company, loading company, and truck manufacturer. For these reasons, truck accident claims are multifaceted and require extensive resources to investigate. Not only do you need a skilled attorney, but you also need a truck accident attorney who is well-versed in both state and federal trucking regulations and a law firm equipped with the right resources.
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A Closer Look at Trucking Accidents
In the U.S. alone, more than 100,000 vehicle crashes occur yearly that involve a tractor-trailer and large trucks. Tens of thousands of these collisions cause injury, while thousands more result in death. A commercial truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds fully loaded, while a passenger car often weighs in at only 3,000 pounds. Because of the enormous size and weight difference between a commercial truck and a passenger car, the casualties are usually sustained by the driver and/or passengers in the car.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), nearly 90 percent of all truck crashes are caused by human error, which can include:
- Driving while intoxicated: Drivers who operate large trucks under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are simply unable to maneuver and control the vehicle safely.
- Driving without the proper experience or licensing: Trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers and providing adequate training to drivers.
- Failing to comply with traffic laws: Speeding, unsafe lane changes, and ignoring traffic signs can cause serious accidents for cars and pedestrians.
- Not properly inspecting or maintaining the vehicle: Trucks require regular maintenance to ensure that the vehicle is safe to operate. Brake and tire failure are culprits in many truck accidents.
- Overloaded or unsecured cargo: Trucks that are overloaded or improperly loaded can cause delays in braking and even scatter debris on the road.
- Not paying adequate attention: Drivers who are fatigued or distracted (i.e. talking on a cell phone, playing with the radio, putting on makeup, eating, etc.) are at greater risk of causing serious accidents that could have been prevented
- Manufacturing defects: Flaws in a truck’s design or during the manufacture of an auto part can contribute to serious collisions. We can help you hold automakers and manufacturers liable for their errors.
Given the central role of human error in most truck collisions, it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of truck accident injuries and deaths each year could have been prevented. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck on truck accident or truck on car accident, consult one of our experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyers for legal guidance. We will evaluate the details of your case and fight aggressively to ensure you recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.