Causes of Truck Accidents
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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there
were more than 393,000 large truck crashes in 2007 alone. These accidents,
given the size of the vehicles involved, are often catastrophic and frequently
result in severe injury or death.
There are a number of causes for large truck accidents, including but not
Whether a commercial tractor-trailer accident was caused by a defective
auto part or the negligence and carelessness of truck drivers or trucking
companies, our legal team places an emphasis on determining what precisely
caused a crash. With this information, we are better equipped to establish
fault and liability - and recover the compensation victims and families deserve.
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Overloaded trucks - improperly loaded trucks pose serious threats on the roadway and can cause
an accident in a number of ways. Trucks carrying too much weight can be
dangerously slow going uphill, pick up excessive amounts of speed going
downhill, stress brakes to the point of failure, cause the truck to tip
over more easily, and put unnecessary and often dangerous stress on roadways
and bridges. Other factors in the maintenance or loading of trucks can
also lead to truck accidents.
Blown tires - we have all seen shredded tires lying on the sides and medians of roads
and highways. Many of these are semi-truck tires, which can explode with
incredible force. Tires can blow out for many reasons, including defective
installation, improper airing, and deterioration over time (usually with
spares). Sometimes even the wrong kind of tires can be put on a large
truck, leading to a blowout. Blown tires can easily lead to tractor trailers
tipping and rolling over.
Defective equipment - Since many companies use refurbished parts in order to save money, some
trucks are not equipped with the safest or most reliable parts, leading
to equipment failure on the road and severe accidents. Common defective
parts that contribute to fatal truck accidents include brakes, tires,
hitches and safety straps, tie-downs, underride bars, and more.
Dangerous roadways - A roadway can be deteriorated over time as a result of poor construction,
improper use or overuse, poor maintenance, and natural factors such as
weather. These deteriorations can lead to potholes, sediments or liquids
on the road surface, uneven shoulders and medians, excess debris, and
inadequate or incorrect warning signs and signals. Sometimes roads are
poorly designed, with inadequate or poorly placed turning lanes, blind
intersections, or other factors. If dangerous or defective roadways contributed
to an accident, those responsible for maintaining the road may be at fault
for the accident.
Driver error - driver error is a major factor in a large number of accidents involving
trucks, whether it takes the form of distracted driving, tired driving,
driving under the influence, or other forms of carelessness. Our attorneys
also explore the role driver error may have played in a collision.
Let Experienced Trial Lawyers Review Your Case
Establishing the underlying cause of a
truck accident is essential to proving that a truck driver and / or trucking company
can be held liable for a victim's damages. Because there are numerous
potential causes of tractor-trailer accidents, hundreds of federal trucking
laws in place, and because trucking companies are highly defensive against
claims, establishing clear and convincing evidence of fault is a matter
to be handled by seasoned attorneys.
Our firm has worked on many truck accident cases throughout the years,
and we have honed the investigative and litigation skills needed to effectively
present fault, negligence, and liability. We deliver personal attention
and strive to create custom legal strategies, and our efforts are always
geared toward fighting for our clients and obtaining the maximum compensation possible.
If you would like to work with attorneys who have more than
90 years of collective legal experience, extensive resources, and a passion for
guiding victims and families through difficult times, you need to work
with our firm. Allow our legal team to evaluate your case, inform you
of your rights, and explain how we can help.
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