The sheer size and weight of most commercial trucks automatically makes them an imposing threat to compact cars, SUVs, and other motor vehicles on the road today. That’s why, when large trucks cause accidents, the damage tends to be more devastating, leaving victims with severe injuries or even causing fatalities.
Any type of vehicle accidents can be a difficult legal situation to navigate, but trucking companies already employ their own team of accident investigators in order to avoid having to pay for any damages caused by an accident. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, enlisting the help of an experienced legal team is the first step toward protecting your rights and receiving compensation for your losses.
Who is at Fault?
State and federal commercial truck industries have strict laws for operating large trucks in order to reduce the risk of crashes. For example, each truck has a specific weight capacity and is expected to undergo regular maintenance and quality regimens to ensure that the vehicle is always in proper working order. However, if the truck driver or trucking company should disregard any of these guidelines, it could directly lead to an accident.
- Fatigue – Truck drivers are given a limited number of hours in which they are allowed to be behind the wheel within a 24 hour period in order to help reduce the risk of accidents caused by driver fatigue. Examine the truck driver’s log books if you suspect your accident was caused by a driver who did not adhere to the over-hours limitations.
- Distracted Driving – Often times truck drivers will look for various ways to stay alert during long hours on the road, but this can easily lead to distraction. If you believe the truck driver involved in your accident was driving distracted, it is important to check his or her cell phone records and gather additional evidence to determine whether the truck driver is at fault.
Equipment Failure and Defects
When truck equipment fails on the road, the results can be catastrophic. Broken head or tail lights and missing mirrors can make it difficult for other drivers to judge how to share the road with such massive vehicles. Tire or brake failures can be particularly dangerous, as well, because the truck driver loses control of the vehicle. Equipment failure can often be traced back to the truck driver or the truck company’s negligence regarding state and federal safety standards. If you suspect your accident was caused by truck equipment failure or defects, it is vital that you seek representation to defend your rights and hold the trucking company or driver accountable.
Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Truck drivers are held to stricter regulations when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol because of the higher potential for damage if they were to cause an accident. Generally, the blood alcohol content for truck drivers can be no greater than .04%. Drug or alcohol-related trucking lawsuits are complex and require the help of a highly experienced injury lawyer and legal team.
Seek Legal Help
You do not have to deal with the traumatic aftermath of a trucking accident on your own. Whether you are facing major medical costs, life-altering injuries, or substantial economic losses, the superior legal team at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. has the experience and dedication to obtain the compensation you deserve. See the law firm’s testimonials for more information.