TRUCK ACCIDENT FAQS
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?
Semi-truck accidents can involve multiple parties, depending on what caused the accident. A trucking claim can include:
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.