Causes of Truck Accidents
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney Explains Crash Causes and Liability
Truck accidents may occur for a variety of different reasons, just like any motor vehicle accident. However, determining liability for a truck crash can be difficult because many different companies and people may share responsibility for a single vehicle. Negligence on part of the driver, commercial truck company, mechanic, shipping company and/or manufacturer may all contribute to a crash. Generally, the cause of the crash will determine the liable party or parties. Trucking company negligence and driver error are among the most common causes of truck accidents, but there may be many other contributing factors as well. Due to the complexity of this type of claim, it is best for victims to seek the counsel of an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
When you contact the truck accident lawyers at Riddle & Brantley, you put a team of fighters on your side. We use our more than 160 years combined legal experience to identify the party or parties responsible for your truck crash injuries and hold them accountable for their negligence. We take these cases seriously, and are prepared to go up against even the largest insurance companies in a trial if that is what it takes to recover proper and just compensation for our clients.
Additionally, we can have an investigation team, including experts on truck accident reconstruction and federal truck safety standards and regulations, on the scene within several hours after being hired. We can also send a letter to the owner/operator of the truck and the insurance company to preserve the condition of the vehicle and all evidence. These tasks have helped us in the past successfully conclude many truck accident cases. We want to preserve the black box, all documents referencing the load, maintenance and safety checks, and the required “driver’s log”.
What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Commercial trucking companies are subject to federal safety standards and regulations. However, truck companies often ignore or overlook these regulations to maximize profits, which can lead to crashes. Additional causes of truck accidents may include:
- Driver negligence or error. This may include drunk driving and recklessness as well as failing to look before changing lines, failing to adjust speeds on hilly or winding roads and more.
- Driver fatigue. Federal law limits the amount of time a driver may spend behind the wheel to prevent drowsy driving. However, drivers may ignore these limits, sometimes also falsifying their logbooks, to make deadlines. In many cases, negligent trucking companies pressure drivers to stay on the road longer than legally allowable.
- Speeding. Truck drivers may face unrealistic delivery deadlines and other expectations, increasing the likelihood of speeding accidents.
- Improper maintenance. Semi trucks require regular maintenance to keep them in safe working order. Otherwise, mechanical failure may cause a serious truck crash.
- Cargo imbalance. If a semi-trailer is not properly loaded, then the cargo may shift, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
- Poor hiring practices. Some companies do not conduct background checks on the drivers and fail to provide adequate training before sending drivers on long hauls. This increases the risk of trucking accidents.
- Truck defects. As with any motor vehicle, defects in the design or manufacturing process of any truck part can cause a serious accident. This includes brake and tire failure.
Whatever the cause of your crash, a truck accident attorney from our law firm can help you. We can gather evidence to support your claim and work to identify all liable parties.
Who is Responsible for My Injuries and Damages After a Truck Crash?
Depending on the cause of your truck accident, many different parties may be to blame for your injuries and damages. These may include:
- The trucking company. In most cases, the trucking company will be at least partially liable for the injuries and damages that result from a crash since the company owns the vehicle and employs the driver. Federal laws require such companies to have insurance for all vehicles. These policies generally cover damages caused by driver error as well, since truck drivers are employees.
- Shipping and/or loading companies. When unstable cargo causes a truck crash, the company responsible for loading the trailer can be liable.
- The truck manufacturer. If truck defects cause or contribute to a crash, the manufacturing company is typically liable for the damages that result. This may include the company that sells the truck as well as the individual parts manufacturer(s).
- Repair and maintenance companies. In some cases, mechanical failure may result from poor repair or maintenance, causing a wreck. If a separate company is responsible for these services, that company may be liable for the trucking accident.
- The driver. The truck driver can be personally liable for an accident, particularly if he or she owns and operates the truck independently.
A truck accident attorney from our law firm can assist you in identifying the liable party or parties after a crash. We have retired North Carolina highway patrol officers and other experts available to investigate trucking accidents. Then, we can represent your personal injury claim(s) so that you get the full amount of compensation possible. Additionally, if another motorist acted negligently, contributing to the truck crash, we can help you seek damages from him or her as well.
Questions About a Truck Crash Claim? Our NC Semi Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
Trucking accidents are among the most complex kinds of collisions due to the number of possible causes and liable parties. However, a North Carolina semi truck accident attorney from Riddle & Brantley can relieve the stress of filing a claim and fighting for compensation. Our investigators can start gathering evidence in your favor as soon as you contact us. We have accident reconstruction experts and experts on federal trucking safety standards available to help us investigate your truck accident case. The insurance company for the truck driver has these experts and will use them to investigate the accident immediately. We level the playing field because we have experts too and we can be on the scene within hours. Then, we will work hard to ensure that we pursue all available options for your recovery.
Our truck accident lawyers handle cases throughout North Carolina from our offices in Raleigh, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Kinston. If you cannot travel to us, then we will happily meet you in the hospital, your home or elsewhere.
Contact us online or call (800) 525-7111 today for a free initial consultation. We also offer contingency fee arrangements for all cases. This allows you to benefit from experienced legal counsel, no matter your financial circumstances.