Truck Accident Attorney

Truck Accident Attorney

Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so, you may have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury, which has caused you to miss work, required extensive medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy, and diminished your quality of life. You may find yourself facing mounting medical bills and household debts that you are unable to pay. If this has happened to you, a truck accident lawyer can help.

Because of the sheer size and weight of big rigs, truck accidents result in severe injury and death more often than other motor vehicle accidents. Cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are designed to withstand impact with vehicles of the same basic size and weight, not with 80,000-pound trucks. Therefore, truck accidents often result in permanent, debilitating injuries and death to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash. Catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injury or brain damage, can have a devastating impact on truck accident victims and their families. These types of injuries can leave you permanently disabled and unable to return to work or enjoy once-loved activities.

Most truck crashes are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. Our Firm’s staff of  truck accident attorneys will work hard to ensure that the liable parties are held accountable for causing your injuries. If you have been injured in a truck crash, the truck accident lawyers at Our Law Firm will thoroughly investigate the cause of the crash in order to identify all liable parties. Our team of truck accident lawyers will provide aggressive representation of your case in order to get you full compensation for your injuries.

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Overview of Truck Accidents

Overview of Truck Accidents

Truck crashes result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities more often than other highway accidents. Truck accidents are responsible for nearly 5,000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries in the U.S. every year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Large trucks are generally defined as commercial vehicles with over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Although some truck accidents are caused by poor weather conditions, poorly maintained roads, or similar factors, a large majority of truck crashes result from the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies. If you were injured in a truck accident, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries from the negligent truck driver and/or trucking company responsible for causing the crash.
The high incidence of serious injury in truck accidents is primarily due to the disparity in size and weight between large trucks and other motor vehicles involved in the collision. The majority of motor vehicles on U.S. highways are cars, light trucks, and vans, which are designed to withstand impacts with similarly-sized vehicles, not with 80,000-pound trucks. Therefore, truck accidents often produce catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injury and paralysis, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, and loss of limbs. Victims of truck accidents who are left with debilitating injuries that lower their quality of life deserve to receive compensation for those injuries.
Because of the hazards associated with operating large trucks, owners and drivers are held to a higher standard of care in maintaining and operating their vehicles. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sets forth rules, which work to promote the safe operation of large trucks and ultimately reduce truck crashes. The CFR limits the number of consecutive hours a truck driver may work, prohibits overloading or improper loading of cargo, and sets minimum standards for proper truck maintenance and driver certification. However, truck drivers and trucking companies often fail to observe these rules, thereby placing the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians in danger.

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Causes of Truck Accidents

Causes of Truck Accidents

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.

Driver Conduct
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.

Other Causes
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.

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