Large commercial vehicles can pose a significant risk to passenger car and light truck occupants. Large trucks weigh significantly more than passenger cars and require a much greater distance to come to a complete stop. In the event of a crash, the size and weight of large trucks can cause catastrophic injuries or death to passenger car occupants.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks are not uncommon. Some are unavoidable, but a great many are due to driver negligence. Frequent causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Mechanical failure such as brakes, warning lights, and other safety features
- Failure of driver to recognize blind spots
- Driving while under the influence
- Failure of driver to follow federal and/or state regulations mandated for operators of large trucks
- Inadequate training/experience
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Wide turns
Who Is Responsible?
In many instances, the truck driver may not be directly at fault when an accident occurs. Our accident attorneys can help you determine who is most responsible for the conditions that ultimately led to the crash. The responsible party may include:
- Truck maintenance and repair companies
- Shipping and receiving clients
- Trucking companies
- Insurance companies
Handling a claim in a truck crash case requires sophisticated investigation to maximize the value of the claim and to deliver a message to the truckers about safety on the highways. Too often, truckers drive for excessive hours at excessive speeds with reckless disregard for the rights of other travelers on the highway. If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries in a truck accident, contact Novins, York & Jacobus today. We can help you begin the healing process by holding the liable parties accountable for their actions.