Commercial trucking accidents can occur due to a variety of causes. On roadways that are occupied by mostly passenger vehicles, commercial trucking accidents can cause very severe property damage, life-threatening injuries, and even death. If you have been the victim of a trucking accident, or a loved one was fatally injured in a trucking accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer with experience in handling trucking accident cases can assist you in dealing with insurance carriers and preparing for your case to be settled or proceed to court.
Unfortunately, many truck accidents are caused by unsafe actions on the part of drivers of passenger vehicles. Many people do not understand the limits or performance capabilities of trucks, so they may perform actions that cause a truck driver to be unable to get safely out of harm’s way in time to avoid an accident. One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is passenger vehicle drivers driving in a truck driver’s “blind spots.” These spots are the areas behind and next to a truck where the driver has limited visibility or no visibility at all. Changing lanes abruptly and moving in front of a truck can cause the truck to rear-end a passenger vehicle or drive off the road in an attempt to avoid a rear end collision. Some drivers may also misjudge how fast a truck is going and make a turn in front of a truck, which can cause collisions.
Other causes of trucking accidents include merging into traffic incorrectly, unsafe passing tactics, driving between two large trucks, failure to slow down when a truck attempts to merge or change lanes, and not getting a disabled vehicle completely off the road and out of the way of truck drivers. Commercial truck drivers can also be a danger to drivers in passenger cars simply because of the way the trucking industry is set up. Many drivers have inadequate training in safe driving and defensive driving. Trucking companies often encourage drivers to speed or drive when they are tired so they are not penalized by supervisors. These companies may set unrealistic schedules that force drivers to drive in an unsafe manner simply to earn bonuses or retain their jobs.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, finding a qualified attorney to represent you is very important. Someone who has experience handling trucking accident cases will know the law thoroughly and can work with you to understand the process of filing a claim and waiting for its resolution. An experienced attorney can act as your advocate and ensure that you are represented at every step of the legal process.
We have experience handling trucking accident cases and can work to preserve your rights as an accident victim. Contact us as soon as possible after your trucking accident and we’ll help you understand what to expect and can also help you deal with your insurance carrier to make sure you can get the medical care you need.