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Truck Accident Attorney Overview

Elite Truck Accident Attorney

Lawyer Representation in Accident Injury Cases

Everyone who uses the road deserves to remain safe. Unfortunately, car accidents occur every day, and those involving semi-trailer trucks can be especially dangerous. Due to the large size and weight of these vehicles, other drivers are often seriously injured in a collision.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for pursuing compensation. You may be able to recover damages such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Every year, there are thousands of fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries in truck accidents across the United States. These accidents occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Driver fatigue - Truck drivers who have been on the road for lengthy periods are more likely to cause accidents. In many cases, drivers' employers encourage them to drive for longer than is safe. Drivers may also use legal or illegal stimulants to help combat fatigue, and this can impair their ability to drive safely.
  • Driver error - Accidents can result when truck drivers do not follow the rules of the road, drive in an unsafe manner, or lose control of their vehicle. Common activities that can result in accidents include speeding, tailgating, improper lane changes, improper turns, or other types of aggressive driving.
  • Distracted driving - Taking one's attention of the road to use a cell phone, eat or drink, or adjust the radio is dangerous for any driver, but especially so for operators of large vehicles. Truck drivers often face additional distractions when using radios, navigation systems, or electronic logging equipment.
  • Equipment failure - Tractor-trailer trucks utilize a great deal of complex equipment, and if this equipment is not properly maintained, deadly accidents can occur as a result. Tire blowouts, engine failure, problems with steering, defective lighting, or detached trailers are a some common issues which can occur. In some cases, the manufacturers of defective parts may be held liable for accident injuries.
  • Improperly loaded cargo - Trucks that are overloaded or cargo that is not properly secured may cause a driver to lose control of their truck, leading to deadly accidents. Shifting cargo can also cause serious injuries if it falls off a truck during travel.
  • Drunk driving - Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is illegal, and truck drivers who are intoxicated place everyone on the road at risk.
  • Road conditions - Road construction, road maintenance issues such as potholes, or weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, or fog can all affect a truck driver's ability to control their vehicle, and their failure to account for these conditions can cause accidents.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should work with an attorney to identify all parties who are liable, including drivers, employers, manufacturers of defective parts, and government entities who did not maintain safe roads. An experienced lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve that will address the damages you have suffered.

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