Causes of Trucking Accidents
At Van Law Firm, we know truck crashes often lead to physical and psychological injury. Not only are the injuries challenging to deal with, but the stress of increasing medical bills, damages to your wages both past and future, and disruptions to your daily life can pile up and make it seem as though it is impossible to sort out.
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Causes of Trucking Accidents
When it comes to accidents involving commercial trucks, there can be a wide range of potential causes. Truck drivers must obey traffic laws just as other motorists do, but the trucking industry also has strict regulations that drivers must follow at both the state and federal level with regards to service time and vehicle maintenance.
Some of the most common causes for trucking accidents include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigue or drowsy driving
- Improperly changing lanes
- Defective vehicle components such as tires, brakes, brake lights, etc.
- Distracted driving, such as texting, eating, smoking, etc.
- Tailgating too closely behind another vehicle
- Failing to check mirrors for blindspots (or not having proper mirrors installed)
- Unsafe driving in inclimate weather situations
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Cargo that is overloaded or improperly secured
- Driving without proper license or training
Determining Who May Be at Fault
If a commercial vehicle is involved in an auto accident, there are multiple parties who could be held liable for your injuries. Obviously, the driver may be responsible due to recklessness. However, the employer of the driver may also be liable if their policies are conducive to more accidents, such as having longer road-time requirements.
Additionally, other links in the supply chain, including the company that leases the truck or possibly even the manufacturer could be held responsible if a faulty piece of equipment was the cause of the collision. Some accidents happen when a part or system within the truck fails, such as the brakes, engine, or trailer components.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
Trucking accidents can feel much more severe than a standard auto crash, but there are still important steps that individuals should follow after an incident.
- Contacting police: In the event of a trucking accident, police will most likely respond to the scene, but you should always contact them just to be sure. They will create an accident report that can be used as valuable evidence, and if the other party was under the influence, they can establish that on the scene.
- Seek medical attention: You should always seek medical attention for any injuries sustained in a crash, however small they may seem. By working with a medical professional, you establish a framework for your claim that insurance companies may use to gauge its potential value.
- Take pictures: Be sure to take ample photographs at the scene, including the scene of the accident and all vehicles involved. For a more in-depth photo checklist, visit here.
- Take notes: In addition to pictures, also remember to jot down any notes about the accident while they are fresh in your mind.
- Collect information: In a trucking accident, you should get the name, contact, and insurance info from the driver, as well as the name, contact, and insurance info from the trucking company. Do not, under any circumstances, negotiate or otherwise interact with any representatives from trucking companies, whether they be attorneys or insurance adjusters. Retain the services of a trusted trucking accident lawyer before speaking to anyone.
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