COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
- Vehicle brake problems
- Truck traveling too fast for conditions
- Driver unfamiliar with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Driver intoxicated with illegal or over-the-counter drugs
- Driver inattention
- Driver made illegal maneuver
- Driver distraction
- Truck tire problems
- Driver following too close
- Cargo overloading
- Driver intoxicated with alcohol
Questions about Truck Accidents
The best way to determine the cause of a truck accident you are involve in is to contact an experienced attorney to investigate with the assistance of trucking accident experts. If a serious injury has resulted, victims are likely to be compensated for property damages, medical costs, lost past and future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Truck tires have been known to fail due to overuse, under-inflation, poor maintenance and inherent defects. When a truck tire blowout causes a truck accident, the injured parties deserve an investigation into the incident. An attorney can assist a plaintiff in obtaining truck maintenance records, and may work with accident reconstruction experts to determine if the tires were defective. If a tire is deemed defective, a manufacturer may be sued, along with possible claims against the transportation or logistical company involved.
Truck drivers are tasked with long, arduous trips across the country, and are often behind schedule due to weather delays or logistical hangups. Drivers will sometimes attempt to make up time by failing to get enough rest or operate their rig at excessive speeds.
After any trucking accident, driver records can be sought to find out if a river exceeded the number of hours they are legally allowed to be on the road in a given day or week.
Truck drivers may be negligent in an accident if they drive beyond the speed limit, engage in dangerous lane changes, fail to signal, have broken taillights, or fail to maintain their truck.
Following any accident and injury, it is critical to collect as much evidence from the scene as possible. Photographs, videos, eye witness accounts, medical records, and police reports.
A parent transportation company may be liable for accidents that involve their trucks. Individual drivers and trucking companies can be liable for preventable truck accidents.
Joe Lyon and his team of attorneys have extensive legal experience, and have filed many lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs injured in road accident incidents.
The Lyon Firm seeks to settle a case to recover rightful compensation on behalf of plaintiffs to pay for medical costs, future care and lost wages. The Firm has the resources and dedication to obtain justice for the wrong plaintiffs have suffered.
The Lyon Firm has over 15 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in a variety of complex auto accident cases.
Yes, you can sue a company for damages if the driver who caused an accident is an employee and not an independent contractor.
Truck Cargo Overloading
To maximize their load and profit, trucking companies often push the limits of safety with their cargo. Transportation companies overload their trucks intentionally or accidentally. But in the end, the result can be the same, because overloaded trucks pose a risk to motorists.
Trucking companies may take more risks than you are aware of, and when truck accidents and road injuries occur, they must be held accountable for their actions.
When a truck is overloaded, a driver will have less control over their rig. With added weight, there will be less maneuverability and less ability to brake properly. The stopping distance will increase for any vehicle with added weight. If a rig is overloaded enough, the brakes may even fail. Tire blowouts will be more common as well with overloaded trucks.
Your attorney can recover driver logs and cargo records to determine if the truck in question was overloaded.