Due to the massive size and weight of trucks and trailers, truck accidents often cause serious and even fatal injuries to other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. This is why truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care in driving than regular drivers.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver fatigue is the most common reason behind truck accidents. Long hours of driving on the road and insufficient periods for rest or sleep leave drivers tired and unable to keep their eyes on the road.
Poor weather conditions such as dust storms, heavy rain, hail, and snowstorms can also cause truck accidents.
Faulty equipment, parts and components such as blown out tires, loose bolts, large parts flying off trucks, and cargo that is improperly fastened, can also lead to truck accidents.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. You or someone on your behalf should also be able to contact a personal injury attorney.
While at the scene of the accident, it’s also essential to write down all information on the truck that caused the accident. In many cases, truck drivers are not aware of the accident they have caused due to the noise of their trucks. By taking down information that identifies the specific truck such as its license plate number, color, size, number of wheels, and other visible marks appearing on the truck, you may be able to file the appropriate claim for compensation against the party responsible for your injuries.
Importance of a Truck Accident Attorney
Claiming compensation for a truck accident can be challenging. Commercial carriers often have commercial insurance coverage but claims adjusters and attorneys representing the insurance companies can make it difficult to obtain compensation or the full value that you deserve.
An experienced attorney can represent you in discussions with aggressive claims adjusters and attorneys, and obtain the maximum value of compensation under the situation. The injured party should have an experienced attorney that can deal with these more aggressive, more experienced claims adjusters and their attorneys.
Truck Driver Standard of Care
Commercial carriers have the legal duty to observe a higher standard of care when their trucks and vehicles are on the road. They are required to hire only appropriately licensed and trained drivers and maintain their vehicles in good working condition.
Truck drivers, as well, must observe certain rules that promote road safety and minimize truck accidents. The advanced training and skill of truck drivers make it easier to prove negligence in a truck accident.
Representing Injured Parties in a Truck Accident
The Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane have years of proven experience in truck accident litigation, both in federal and state courts. Many truck drivers and their employers come from a different state and are likely to have any suit filed in a state court removed to Federal court where we have the competence and experience to handle these claims.