Injured? Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help!
While any motor vehicle accident can be dangerous and damaging, crashes
involving large commercial trucks can be particularly hazardous. Semi-trucks
usually weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, and their bulky size alone is
enough for them to be exceedingly dangerous. These vehicles are also more
difficult to maneuver and often carry potentially hazardous materials.
For these reasons, truck drivers and trucking companies must be extremely
cautious and vigilant. In the event that a driver or company is negligent
or makes even the slightest error, it could result in a serious and potentially
deadly traffic collision.
If you or someone you love was involved in a truck accident, it is crucial
that you seek legal representation from a skilled personal injury lawyer.
Our legal team at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. has the knowledge
and drive you need in your corner as you pursue justice and compensation
for your injuries. With more than 30 years of experience, our lawyers
know precisely what to do in order to help you with the legal process.
Call our Mississippi truck accident attorneys at (601) 869-0696 for a
free case evaluation.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by any number of issues through either the
fault of a parts manufacturer, vehicle driver, or trucking company. Any
negligence from any party can result in serious issues with the vehicle
and cause a crash.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Improperly loaded or overloaded trailer
Poorly maintained truck
Inadequately secured cargo
Driver inexperience or lack of proper driver training
Vehicle or part malfunction, including brake failure
Truck Accident Liability
Usually, one of three parties is responsible for causing a truck accident:
the driver, the trucking company, or the vehicle manufacturer. Each of
these potentially liable parties has a responsibility to ensure truck
safety in some capacity, and if any mistakes are made or anyone is negligent,
that individual or company may be held responsible for the resulting damage.
Trucking Company Liability
Trucking companies that do not follow specific trucking regulations could
be liable for any crashes caused by their negligence. For example, if
a company fails to properly train a driver and that driver ends up causing
a crash, the company could be liable for the resulting damage. Or, if
a company fails to properly maintain and inspect their vehicles, resulting
in vehicle malfunctions, the company will likely be held responsible.
Drivers are also responsible for their actions when operating commercial
vehicles. There are specific trucking rules that require drivers to hold
special drivers’ licenses, to follow traffic laws, to abstain from
drugs or alcohol while driving, to take breaks in order to prevent drowsy
driving, and more. If a driver fails to follow any of these rules, he
or she may be held liable.
Parts or Vehicle Manufacturer Liability
In the event that an accident is caused by some error by the vehicle manufacturer,
they may be held responsible for any resulting damage. For example, faulty
brakes or a malfunctioning steering system could cause a crash, and the
company responsible for the design or manufacturing could be liable.