Trucking and Motor Vehicle Accidents Trucking Accidents
If you are the victim of a trucking accident, determining the responsible parties and the cause of the accident can be much more complicated than a simple traffic accident. The responsible parties in a trucking accident can include the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the company that leased the truck, the manufacturer of the truck and/or its tires, and more. Getting information about what went wrong often requires industry know-how.
Heavy trucks and 18-wheelers can be deadly due to their extreme size and substantial loads. As a result, they have the ability to cause catastrophic roadway accidents that lead to serious injury, permanent disability, and even death. Passenger vehicle accidents may be more common, but trucking accidents can be far more dangerous.
Causes of Trucking / 18-Wheeler Accidents
Each year, commercial trucking accidents are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths. They often cause severe damage to the vehicles they collide with on highways, streets, parking lots, and other locations. The potential for trucking or 18-wheeler accidents has increased as the amount of commercial trucking traffic has increased in the United States.
Given all the commercial trucks, accidents can happen for many reasons, including:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driver
- Intoxicated driver
- Improper lane changes
- Incorrect stopping distance
- Improper weight load
- Unqualified or inexperienced driver
- Defects in the road
- Mechanical defects in the truck
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Hazardous cargo that is not properly contained
- Inadequate roads
- Road construction
What To Do If You Are In A Trucking Accident
Trucking accidents can cause horrible injuries, regardless of how they happen. The cost of medical care, physical rehabilitation, surgeries, lost wages, and a lifetime of ongoing care can be extremely high. It is important that evidence such as the road and the 18-wheeler is secured immediately after the accident. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side can ensure you receive the best possible outcome in a tragic situation.
Texas 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
Trucking accidents are made all the more tragic because they are often avoidable. You may have options and resources for financial recovery if you or your loved one was injured in an accident as the result of a bad truck driver, poor maintenance, defective equipment, or any of the reasons listed above. You may be eligible to receive compensation from the trucking company, its insurer, and other responsible parties. Contact us today.