Truck accidents are some of the most devastating types of collisions as these vehicles weigh thousands more when compared to traditional sedans and motorcycles. These trucks cause massive amounts of damage and more often than not, the injuries can be life-threatening.
In 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed that more than 3,400 fatalities involved large trucks. Police reported approximately 411,000 large truck accidents; at least 20% of them resulted in serious injuries.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
• Fatigued driving
• Distracted driving
• Poor vehicle conditions
• Failing to check a bling sport
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Although there are state and federal regulations that permit CDL drivers to go 10 to 15 hours on the road, some drivers may break these rules. Whether by falsifying their logs or using other methods, overworked drivers can be very dangerous on the road.
Furthermore, trucks should always be inspected before a trip. Lighting, breaks, mirrors and the entire engine compartment should be checked. Poor vehicle conditions can lead to loss of vehicle control, including the inability to break in time to prevent a crash.
Even if a person has insurance, handling a truck accident claim on his or her own can be very difficult. The truck company’s insurer may attempt to settle a claim for as little as possible or discourage a lawsuit.
However, a victim can sue various individuals who may be held responsible for an accident. The truck driver may be held responsible if they chose to drive under the influence. A truck company may be held responsible if they pressured a driver to drive more then legally allowed. A cargo company may be held responsible if they failed to adequately secure the cargo, which led the products to shift and the loss of vehicle control.
No matter the circumstances, truck accident lawsuits can require a large amount of investigate work and analysis. It will require gathering information such as how many hours the truck driver had been on the road, the weight of the truck, weight distribution, previous inspection reports, and much more.
Fortunately, a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can help a victim obtain all the information needed file a successful claim. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Kettering, an experienced truck accident lawyer can thoroughly investigate a truck crash claim, contact the witnesses, find expert witnesses (if needed), and take a case to trial so the victim can obtain the compensation they deserve.