Truck accidents stem from a variety of different causes. In general, however, most accidents are caused by the negligence of trucking companies and truck drivers. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by the negligence of another, call the experienced truck accident attorneys at Our Law Firm today. We can evaluate your case and begin fighting to get you full compensation for your injuries.
A truck driver may be liable for negligence if he or she fails to act in a reasonable manner to prevent the risk of foreseeable harm to other motorists. Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to observe a minimum standard of care when loading, inspecting, and operating a commercial vehicle. Drivers who fail to exercise this care may be liable for negligence. A driver is also obligated to use extreme caution when operating large trucks because of the inherent hazards involved in commercial vehicle operation. In addition, driver fatigue or criminal behavior may give rise to liability for a truck accident.
Trucking Company Negligence
A trucking company may be deemed negligent in causing a truck accident if it fails to maintain its fleet in reasonable condition or fails to ensure the qualifications of its drivers as a means of preventing a foreseeable risk to other motorists. It is the responsibility of the trucking company to make sure that the drivers it hires are properly certified and have demonstrated both competence and ability to operate large trucks. These companies are also required to meet the minimum standards for maintaining commercial vehicles set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Failure to adequately meet these standards may give rise to a negligence claim if it results in a truck accident.
Inclement weather and road construction can create hazardous road conditions. For this reason, drivers are expected to reduce speed under certain weather and road conditions. Some accidents, however, are caused by road hazards, such as poorly designed or maintained roads or insufficient signage, that are unforeseeable to a truck driver. In these cases, a government agency or its contractors or subcontractors may be liable for negligence.
Some accidents may be the result of debris that has fallen off a truck and onto the roadway. If debris from a third-party source causes the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle and collide with your vehicle, you may have a viable claim against the third party.