Posted on Jul 18th, 2018
Trucking accidents are complex and often catastrophic – even when they occur at low speeds. From the moment you are injured, insurance companies will begin trying to reduce their liabilities and they will do this by offering you a low-ball settlement. At first glance, this settlement may look fair and even generous. Accident victims that need money now are often tempted to take this first offer and move forward with their lives. Unfortunately, this is usually a mistake. In many cases, these settlements are just a fraction of what injured accident victims need to truly recover and they often fail to take into consideration all responsible and negligent parties.
The shipping company, the trucking manufacturer, trucking company and the truck driver could all be to blame for the accident and your injuries. These liable parties could have played a role in your accident in many different ways, depending on the accident. Some of the common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Fatigued truck drivers – According to the FMCSA, truckers are only allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours in a row after taking 10 consecutive hours off. They are also not allowed to drive more than 60 hours in one week. However, trucking companies often push truckers to break these rules and regulations in an attempt to deliver more goods on time
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol – Primarily, truckers use alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have serious and fatal results.
- Poor weather conditions – Controlling a large commercial truck on the road isn’t easy. When weather conditions worsen, it can become downright dangerous to continue operating a truck.
- Speeding – If you believe that a speeding truck driver was to blame for your accident, the vehicle’s black box data may be able to help prove this claim. This event data recorder records the speed at which the truck was traveling at the time of the crash.
- Distracted driving – Truck drivers can engage in numerous distracted driving behaviors, including texting, talking on the phones, surfing the internet, fiddling with a GPS device, looking at a map, smoking and eating behind the wheel.
- Poor vehicle maintenance – Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure that their trucks are safe and well-maintained. This includes performing routine inspections and maintenance on their vehicles.
- Improperly trained truck drivers – Trucking companies often cut corners when hiring truckers to run their routes. This can result in inexperienced and dangerous drivers on the road.
- Improper loading of cargo – Shipping companies that load cargo incorrectly can lead to serious jackknife accidents, tipped or overturned trucks, and fatal crashes.
- Trucking defect or malfunction – When trucking companies manufacturer defective products or fail to issue necessary safety recalls, they can and should be held responsible for their actions.
Further Reading: Trucking Companies that Cut Corners Endanger Us All
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