Common Causes of Truck Accidents
When a trucking accident occurs, individuals can sustain catastrophic injuries due to the sheer size of the vehicles. Far too often, these are preventable situations caused by negligence on behalf of one party or another in the trucking industry.
To help with a legal matter, it’s beneficial to understand the various causes of trucking accidents and who may be considered liable. This can help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve after experiencing a serious injury.
Negligent Truck Drivers
Truck accidents are often caused by drivers who work longer than they should and are fatigued. As a result, they speed up and slow down erratically, or swerve into other lanes. Similarly, truck drivers can be negligent if they operate the truck while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Distracted driving is another common problem on the roads, and it’s even more dangerous when you consider the large stature of commercial trucks. When a driver looks at their phone or focuses on anything other than the road, even a split second can lead to a serious collision.
The Trucking Company Isn’t Always Innocent
The trucking company often requires their drivers to work long hours, sometimes beyond the hours of service regulations in order to meet strict deadlines. They may encourage drivers to lie on job logs or bypass weigh points to get to their destination quicker. This often means a drowsy driver and a potential crash.
The trucking company also has a responsibility to ensure all trucks in their fleet are properly maintained. This means checking for any defects, worn down parts, or any other factors which could be considered dangerous and having them fixed accordingly.
Other Employees Who May Be Involved
Employees responsible for loading the trailer can also be held accountable for injuries if their actions caused the crash. This could include loading the trailer unevenly or beyond maximum weight capacity, resulting in a rollover accident.
Part manufacturers are liable if they produce a part with a defect. Sometimes, brakes may fail or the trailer hitch may detach, resulting in a serious crash. If the cause is determined to be a problem with the part, manufacturers may be held accountable for compensation.
At Hudson King, our South Georgia trucking accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you seek the justice and compensation you deserve when you’re harmed in a large trucking collision. We are committed to helping you reach a favorable result and moving forward with your life following such a traumatic experience.
Contact us at (229) 515-8585 to discuss your potential case.
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