How are Trucking Accidents Different than Car Accidents?
Trucking accidents and car accidents can both result in a wide range of injuries. However, trucking accidents are always going to be the more dangerous of the two. Due to their sheer size and heavy weight, big rigs, 18 wheelers, and trailers pose a bigger danger to other vehicles they share the road with. Being involved in a trucking accident can result in major injuries. These can potentially cost a fortune in medical bills. If your injuries are severe, they can be life altering. They can end up requiring dramatic lifestyle changes or lifelong care. If you or a loved one have been involved in a trucking accident, you have legal options in order to help you move on from a traumatic experience.
Main Causes of Trucking Accidents
With most trucking accidents, the fault is usually going to be with another driver on the road, not the trucker. However, there are cases in which the commercial trucker will be at fault. The most common causes of these accidents are:
- Inadequate training on driving techniques, safety, and/or defensive driving
- Compensation systems that encourage higher speeds and more driving hours than are advisable
- Unrealistic schedules/expectations from trucking companies that encourage faster driving speeds
The safety and maintenance of a commercial truck is the responsibility of the owner. They can be either an independent driver or a company. It is crucial to safety for drivers to rest well and be fully alert when they are driving. As a result, there are guidelines that require special rest periods for truck drivers. Unfortunately, not all drivers or companies enforce these periods.
Responsible Parties for Legal Action
Truck drivers have a responsibility to themselves and others on the road due to the sheer size of their vehicle. There are federal laws that regulate and govern the trucking industry. These include the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In addition, every state has their own department of transportation. They also have rules and regulations that trucking companies and drivers must follow. Unfortunately, not every trucking company respects and follows these guidelines the way they should. As a result, there are multiple parties that may be liable for your accident. Depending on the circumstances, liability may rest on the following:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The person or company that leased the truck/trailer from the actual owner
- The manufacturer of the vehicle, tires or other parts that may have contributed to the cause or severity of the accident
- The shipper or loader of the cargo if the accident involves improper loading
Why Is Hiring An Attorney a Good Idea After a Trucking Accident?
The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Rios & Parada, P.L.L.C. are experienced in handling trucking accident cases. Often, there are so many more people who can be held liable for the accident. In many cases, insurance companies will look to settle with you. They will offer a settlement that is often not even close to what you deserve. Insurance companies will always seek to pay out the minimum of what they have to. That is why talking to an attorney is crucial to get you fair financial compensation.
As your attorney, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and who is responsible. No amount of monetary compensation can erase the trauma, stress, and injuries that you or a loved one may have endured. However, you deserve to receive the maximum amount of what you are entitled to help you move forward. Let us help you get what you deserve. Contact our offices today to learn more about your rights and options.