15 Jan Identifying the Cause and Fault in Commercial Trucking Accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered an accident involving a commercial truck, you likely face substantial physical, emotional, and financial hardship. And as such, you require compensation for such extensive losses. That’s why we at the Law Offices of William D. Shapiro are prepared to provide you with legal counsel and advocacy in this challenging time.
One of the greatest challenges in a case involving a commercial truck is discerning the cause and who is at fault. That’s because drivers can be either independent contractors or may work for a large trucking company. However, in either case, both parties could be liable for your injuries in the event of an accident. It is also necessary to consider every individual who may have contributed to the cause of the incident. Those who could hold some responsibility include not only the driver, but also the cargo loaders, truck mechanics, managers of the particular trucking company, and others within the industry. So, you’ll likely find it exceptionally difficult to identify the exact party of negligence. That’s why our legal experts can help you analyze the details to assemble a highly-valued claim.
Potential causes for a trucking accident to consider:
- Insufficient training. Truck driving is a specialized skill and requires extensive training. And in the case that a professional driver is inadequately prepared, they could be held liable for an accident. Such a lack of training should be included in your case’s police report.
- Pace pushing. Too often, trucking companies offer incentives to their drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines. This encourages drivers to push their pace, schedule, and physical limits, increasing their odds of causing an accident. In this case, the trucking company may be held liable for such carelessness.
- Unsecure cargo. One of the most necessary safety precautions in the truck driving industry involves loading cargo. That’s because any insecure loads have the potential to result in a catastrophic accident. An attentive loading team and high-quality restraints are necessary for a truck’s safe travel.
- Distracted driving. As for any driver, distracted driving is extremely dangerous. A truck driver ought to drive with professionalism, alertness, and free of distractions. This should particularly focus on the use of one’s cell phone while operating a vehicle.
- Dangerous road conditions. If the roads on which you drive are poorly maintained, significantly damaged, or have improper roadside construction, they may be more likely to cause an accident. In this case, construction companies or responsible government agencies may be held liable.
If you’ve faced the devastation of an 18-wheeler accident, be sure to reach out for legal assistance. We at the Law Offices of William D. Shapiro are prepared to identify the cause and person of liability in your case to provide expert legal counsel and advocacy. Call on us today in this exceptional time of need.