Trucking Accidents: Causes & Liability

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Trucking accidents can have devastating consequences, causing severe injuries and property damage. Understanding the causes and liability associated with these accidents is crucial for victims seeking compensation.

As an experienced law firm specializing in truck accident cases, Metzger Wickersham is committed to providing you with valuable insights and guidance. In this blog, we will delve into the various factors that contribute to trucking accidents and discuss the legal implications.

Causes of Trucking Accidents:

  1. Driver Error: Driver-related mistakes such as speeding, fatigue, distracted driving (e.g., phone use), or driving under the influence contribute significantly to truck accidents. Long hours on the road and tight deadlines may lead to exhaustion, impacting driver alertness and reaction time.

  2. Vehicle Maintenance: Poorly maintained trucks or faulty parts can lead to accidents. Issues with brakes, tires, or other crucial components can cause catastrophic failures while on the road.

  3. Unsafe Loading or Overloading: Improperly loaded cargo or overloading the truck can affect its balance and stability, potentially leading to accidents, especially during turns or sudden maneuvers.

  4. Adverse Weather Conditions: Harsh weather, such as heavy rain, snow, or fog, can decrease visibility and affect road conditions, leading to accidents, especially for large trucks.

  5. Road Conditions and Infrastructure: Poorly maintained roads, construction zones, or inadequate signage can contribute to accidents, particularly if drivers are unprepared or unaware of the conditions.

Liability in Trucking Accidents:

  1. Driver Liability: The truck driver might be held liable for accidents caused by driver error, negligence, or violations of traffic laws. Their actions or inactions can significantly impact accident liability.

  2. Employer or Company Liability: Trucking companies can be held accountable for accidents caused by factors such as negligent hiring practices, inadequate training, unrealistic schedules imposing undue pressure on drivers, or failure to maintain vehicles.

  3. Manufacturer or Maintenance Liability: If the accident is a result of defective parts or poor maintenance, the responsibility might fall on the manufacturer or maintenance provider of the truck or its components.

  4. Cargo Loading Liability: If an accident results from improperly loaded cargo, liability might extend to the party responsible for loading and securing the cargo.

  5. Third-Party Liability: Other factors like road maintenance agencies, other drivers, or even the weather might contribute to the accident, resulting in shared liability.

Legal Recourse & Pursuing Compensation

In the aftermath of a trucking accident, seeking legal advice and representation is crucial. An experienced attorney can help navigate the complex legalities and potential disputes regarding liability. They can assist in gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, assessing damages, and negotiating with insurance companies or representing the case in court if necessary.

Prevention & Safety Measures

Efforts to prevent trucking accidents involve strict adherence to safety regulations, proper training for drivers, regular vehicle maintenance, and fostering a culture of safety within trucking companies. Implementing technology like dash cams, GPS tracking, and driver monitoring systems can help improve safety practices.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a trucking accident, Metzger Wickersham is here to offer expert legal advice and support. We believe in holding negligent parties responsible and promise to go above and beyond to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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