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Every day, we can look at the nearest highway and see large trucks passing by, carrying the supplies we need to our local stores. While these trucks are necessary for delivering groceries and other essentials, they can be dangerous if you are in an accident with one.
Unfortunately, people in passenger cars are at much higher risk of injury or death than someone riding in a truck cab when the two vehicles collide. If you’re in an accident involving a large truck, you may have severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), internal injuries or bleeding, broken bones, or back, neck, and spine injuries.
Sorting out your medical bills, lost income, and other damages following a large truck accident can feel like a full-time job. You might expect the insurance company to help – especially since most truck drivers are required to carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance.
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters who handle truck claims are trained to save the insurance company money. As soon as they receive your claim, they will consider several ways to reduce the company’s losses:
If possible, try to preserve evidence in your accident, as this can help us determine all liable parties (there may be more than one). Taking the following steps after a truck accident can make it easier to identify the party or parties at fault:
Your first thought may be that the truck driver was at fault, and often that’s true. However, there are other potentially liable parties that we will consider.
There are a number of ways a trucking company can be negligent. They might fail to perform regular maintenance on the truck or ignore warnings from the driver that it needs repairs.
Sometimes, the company also pushes drivers to meet unrealistic goals for speed and timing of deliveries, which can put the driver in a bad position. Federal regulations require that drivers only work so many hours depending on how many hours of rest time they’ve had.
For instance, drivers can drive for eleven hours after ten consecutive hours of rest. Truckers are also required to carefully track their work and rest periods to show compliance with these rules.
But if a driver feels pressured to make a delivery on time, they may find ways to mislead the electronic record system and drive more hours than they should.
In some cases, the trucking company is also negligent in their hiring practices or in performing regular drug screenings on current employees. Or, if they assigned a driver to a truck that required extra certifications, such as HAZMAT, and the driver didn’t have the correct qualifications, they could also be liable.
Trucks are often loaded by a third-party company, such as a warehouse or manufacturer, and while this step seems far removed from an accident, it may be the cause of some crashes. A poorly-loaded trailer is at high risk of toppling or flipping, which presents a severe risk for anyone on the road nearby.
In many cases involving flipped trailers, we find that the cargo was loaded in a top-heavy pattern, heavy items weren’t properly secured, or the trailer was simply overloaded. As the truck moves, the entire trailer could sway from the unequal weight distribution, or unsecured items could move, creating an imbalance.
Both situations might lead to a serious accident, in which case, the company that loaded the freight might be liable.
Another situation of third-party liability may occur when a mechanic or service worker makes an error in fixing the truck. If the mistake causes the accident, the third-party company that serviced the truck may be liable.
In a few cases, the truck is produced with a defective part or a component is replaced with a part that turns out to be defective. In these situations, the mechanic or service worker usually has no reason to believe the part is defective, so they aren’t at fault, but the manufacturer could be responsible if the defect leads to an accident.
In many accidents, the truck driver made a mistake that led to the collision. Some common truck driving errors include:
If you or a loved one have been in a large truck accident, please contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm for a free consultation about your case. We’ll review what happened, answer your questions, and discuss your options.
There is no obligation, and if we do take your case, you won’t owe us anything until we win or settle it.
The CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm was established by attorney Ali Awad, who turned it into one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country. He and his associates have recovered millions of dollars for injured people and their families.
When Mr. Awad isn’t negotiating with insurance carriers or working on a case, you can find him posting about legal topics for more than a million followers on social media. To work with his team at The CEO Lawyer, call 833-254-2923.
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