Brandon Truck Accident Lawyer
Although commercial vehicles play a critical role in transporting millions of dollars worth of cargo across the country everyday, they also pose a serious risk to other motorists on the road. This is largely because commercial trucks tend to be much heavier than other vehicles, have larger fuel tanks, and often transport dangerous cargo, all of which means that collisions between trucks and passenger vehicles tend to have particularly devastating consequences. This in turn, makes it extremely important for injured parties to seek compensation for their losses following a crash, so if you were injured in an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you should contact an experienced Brandon truck accident lawyer who can advise you.
Common Truck Accident Causes
Truck accidents, like collisions involving passenger vehicles, have a number of different causes, but most can be attributed to some form of driver negligence, including:
- Swerving across multiple lanes;
- Making improper lane changes;
- Tailgating or driving aggressively;
- Tire blowouts; and
- Cargo spills.
This type of negligence can have a number of different causes ranging from mere carelessness and driving while fatigued to a failure to use proper loading procedures and violating traffic laws, all of which can result in a variety of different types of truck accidents, including rollover accidents, jackknife accidents, underride collisions, and multi-vehicle pile-ups. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents tend to result in catastrophic injuries for occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Recognizing that truck accidents pose a serious risk of injury to other motorists, the federal government implemented a number of standards and regulations with which trucking companies must comply. These rules address a number of different issues, including:
- Driving time limitations;
- Procedures for loading and unloading cargo;
- Vehicle weight limits;
- Proper truck maintenance; and
- Safety inspections.
Trucking companies that fail to abide by these rules can be held liable if their negligence resulted in an injury. If, for instance, a driver’s employer forced its drivers to exceed hours of operation limits, which resulted in a driver falling asleep at the wheel and causing a collision, the driver and the company could both be held partially liable for the resulting damages. Vehicle manufacturers whose product designs were faulty or improperly produced could also be held legally responsible for an accident if their actions contributed to a collision. Similarly, warehouse employees who were charged with loading a commercial vehicle, but who failed to do so properly, could bear some responsibility for a plaintiff’s injuries.
Truck accident claims almost always involve multiple parties, which can make it difficult to determine fault, so if you were recently hurt in a collision with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you should speak with an attorney who has the experience and resources to help you investigate your claim and begin building your case.
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For help with your truck accident-related questions and concerns, please contact the experienced Brandon truck accident lawyers at Palmer | Lopez by calling our office at 813-506-5651 today.