Trucking Accidents: Causes & Liability
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Trucking Accidents: Causes & Liability

Trucking accidents pose significant dangers to both truck drivers and other drivers on the road-- especially this time of year. Increased traffic, unpredictable weather conditions, and the rush to meet tight delivery schedules can lead to a higher likelihood of accidents during the holiday season. 

Understanding the causes of trucking accidents and the complex liability involved is crucial in improving safety and ensuring that responsible parties are held accountable. Keep reading for what you need to know to keep yourself safe, courtesy of our experienced legal professionals at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen. 

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents:

  1. Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers often work long hours, and fatigue can significantly impair their judgment and reaction time. Hours of service regulations exist to limit the number of hours a driver can be on the road, but violations can occur, putting everyone on the road at risk.

  2. Speeding: Speeding is a common cause of accidents involving all vehicles, but it's especially dangerous when it involves trucks. The momentum and weight of a commercial truck make stopping at high speeds difficult and can lead to catastrophic accidents.

  3. Distracted Driving: Just like other drivers, truckers can become distracted by various factors, such as texting, using their GPS, or even eating while driving. These distractions divert their attention from the road and increase the risk of accidents.

  4. Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous in any situation, but it's particularly hazardous when operating a large truck. Impaired drivers are more likely to cause serious accidents.

  5. Improper Loading: Properly loading cargo is critical for maintaining a truck's stability. Incorrectly loaded or unsecured cargo can lead to rollovers or cargo spills, endangering other motorists.

  6. Equipment Failure: Trucks are complex machines with numerous parts that need regular maintenance. When equipment failure occurs, such as brake malfunctions or tire blowouts, it can lead to accidents.

  7. Poor Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, or fog make driving difficult for all vehicles. However, due to their size, trucks are especially vulnerable to these conditions, which can reduce visibility and traction.

Liability in Trucking Accidents:

  1. Truck Driver: If the accident resulted from the driver's negligence, such as speeding, impaired driving, or fatigue, the driver may be held personally liable for the damages.

  2. Trucking Company: The trucking company that employs the driver can also be liable. If they failed to properly vet or train their drivers, forced drivers to exceed allowable hours, or neglected to maintain the vehicles, they could share responsibility for the accident.

  3. Maintenance and Repair Providers: Companies responsible for maintaining and repairing the truck can be liable if their negligence contributed to the accident. This includes issues like brake failures due to improper maintenance.

  4. Cargo Loaders and Shippers: Those responsible for loading and securing the cargo may share liability if improper loading caused the accident. They must ensure that the cargo is balanced and secured according to safety regulations.

  5. Manufacturers: In cases where equipment failure caused the accident, the manufacturer of the defective part or component may be held liable.

  6. Government Entities: Poorly maintained roads and inadequate signage can also contribute to accidents. In such cases, government entities responsible for road maintenance may be held liable.

  7. Other Drivers: It's important to note that in some cases, other drivers on the road may also share liability if their actions contributed to the accident.

Steps to Take After a Trucking Accident:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: First and foremost, ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved. Seek medical attention for injuries, even if they seem minor at first.

  2. Document the Scene: If it's safe to do so, gather evidence from the accident scene, including photos, witness information, and any details about the truck and driver involved.

  3. Contact Law Enforcement: Call the police to report the accident and create an official accident report.

  4. Notify Your Insurance Company: Inform your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.

  5. Consult an Attorney: If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, it's wise to consult a personal injury attorney with experience in handling truck accident cases. They can help you navigate the complexities of liability and seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Do Not Hesitate to Contact Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen

Trucking accidents can be complex, but understanding the causes and determining liability is crucial for seeking compensation. By familiarizing yourself with the factors discussed in this blog, you will be better equipped to navigate the legal process.

If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident this holiday season or any time of year, it is essential to seek the assistance of experienced personal injury attorneys who specialize in trucking accidents. At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trucking accident cases and promise to go above and beyond to secure you compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation; we are ready to discuss your case.

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