Common Factors in Trucking Accident Lawsuits
Big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial trucks are the backbone of the American economy. Truckers and trucking companies that play by the rules and use the nations roadways responsibly are among the unsung heroes of our society. The Melbourne personal injury attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., gratefully salute Americas safe, dependable truckers.
Unfortunately, not all truckers and trucking companies play by the rules. By nature, large commercial trucks are dangerous to other, comparatively smaller vehicles on the road; when negligence comes into play, they can be downright lethal. Victims of Melbourne trucking accidents have rights, and the attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., know precisely how to protect and assert those rights.
If you have been catastrophically injured in a trucking accident, or if a member of your family has been injured or killed in such an accident, our Melbourne trucking accident attorneys can help. We urge you to contact Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., today to schedule an evaluation of your potential trucking accident injury claim.
Commercial trucking accidents can occur due to negligence on the part of the trucker, the trucking company, or both. They can also result from hazardous road conditions and other factors that involve neither the trucker nor his or her employer.
Among the most common causes of trucking accidents are:
- Trucker Fatigue - When truckers operate beyond the hour-limit imposed by the law, or do not take mandated breaks, fatigue can set in, causing the trucker to become careless.
- Drugs and/or Alcohol - Truckers who operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether prescription or illegal) often cause accidents.
- Trucker Distractions - Accidents often result from truckers being distracted by their CBs, radios, and other equipment.
- Improper Training - Many riders involved in trucking accidents were inadequately or improperly trained by their employers.
- Failure to Screen Employees - Some trucking companies do not properly screen their truckers to ensure that they are hiring fully qualified employees.
- Failure to Maintain or Inspect Trucks - Trucking companies are obligated to do routine safety inspections on their trucks; in addition, they are obligated to perform routine maintenance and to make timely repairs as necessary to ensure the safety of their vehicles.
- Speeding - Large commercial trucks are far more difficult to maneuver and brake than smaller passenger vehicles; speeding only makes them more so.
- Inclement Weather - Drivers should not operate their vehicles when weather conditions, including icy roads and heavy fog, make it impossible to do so safely.
- Road Defects - Defects in roads, such as potholes and improper signage, can lead to trucking accidents.
- Defective Truck Parts - Design and manufacturing defects in truck parts such as brakes, steering columns, tires, axles, and trailer clasps can lead to accidents.
Some trucking accidents involve a combination of causes, in which case multiple parties may be held accountable for injuries resulting from an accident. At our Melbourne personal injury law firm, our trucking accident attorneys are experts in accident reconstruction and identifying any and all instances of negligence. You can rest assured that we will construct and present the strongest, most compelling case possible on your behalf. Contact Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., for a case review.