The Fundamentals Of Truck Accidents

Injury claims for truck accidents are often more complex than for standard car accidents. To help answer your initial questions, the attorneys at StachlerHarmon answered frequently asked questions below.

What Are The Major Causes Of Truck Accidents?

The most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver error: This includes driving too fast, recklessly, under the influence or when drowsy.
  • Poor or improper vehicle maintenance: Worn tires, brake pads or even wiper blades can hamper a truck driver's ability to see, steer and stop when needed.
  • Equipment failure: Defective parts can cause failure in such systems as braking and steering.
  • Improper cargo loading: Shifting or overweight loads can cause a truck driver to lose control.
  • Inclement weather conditions: Rain, snow and high winds can slow stopping and response times, or cause skidding or hydroplaning.

Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Truck Accident?

Semitruck accidents can involve multiple parties, depending on what caused the accident. A trucking claim can include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Trucking companies
  • Parts manufacturers
  • Truck maintenance companies

How Are Truck Accidents Different From Other Types Of Accidents?

As mentioned, truck accidents typically involve multiple parties and much more serious injuries. The insurance companies for truckers and tractor-trailers vigorously fight claims. They begin investigating claims right away to build a case against injury victims. You need an experienced lawyer to investigate the cause of the accident, identify responsible parties and fight back for you.

Learn more about how we can help you recover damages from a truck accident. Call our Dayton office at 937-608-9398 or 800-645-2911 to schedule an appointment. You can also reach our firm by email.