By nature, truck accidents are more complicated that car accidents. Due to the large size and weight of most trucks on the roadway, truck accidents often lead to catastrophic results. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been injured or even killed in a truck accident, it’s important to consult an experienced truck accident attorney who has the knowledge and resources necessary to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Your truck accident lawyer will help you win your case so that your medical bills and expenses don’t come out of your own pocket. Additionally, your attorney will help you obtain the compensation you need to cover any expenses related to emotional, mental and physical treatment you may need.
It could be that you are unable to work due to your injuries. Your attorney will help you gain compensation for any lost time at work. Not being able to pay your rent, mortgage and other bills can be financially crippling, therefore it’s important that you obtain all the monetary compensation you rightfully deserve, including lost wages.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), a truck accident occurs when a large trailer truck weighing over 10,000 pounds collides with other vehicles or pedestrians. Approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur annually in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 result in fatalities.
Causes of Truck Accidents
An important aspect of any truck accident claim is determining who is to blame for the accident. In order to determine this, it’s necessary to know what caused the accident. The most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Unreasonable driving schedules
- Trucks which are loaded improperly or overloaded
- Inadequate maintenance of trucks
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Careless driving
- Defective equipment
- Unsafe roadways
- Negligent drivers of other vehicles
- Inclement Weather
- Failure to Yield
Types of Truck Accidents
Of the hundreds of traffic accidents that happen each day, many involve commercial trucks. These trucks are often carrying full, heavy loads that are sometimes hazardous. In addition to commercial trucks, other types of vehicles are considered trucks including long-distance and commuter buses, school buses, tractors and even fire trucks. There are many types of truck accidents including:
- Head-on Collisions
- Rollover Truck Accidents
- Jackknifed Truck Accidents
- Distracted Driver Truck Accidents
- Chain Reaction Truck Accidents
- Fatal Truck Accidents
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Truck Accidents
A reason why lawsuits pertaining to truck accidents tend to be complex is because truck accidents can involve multiple responsible parties including:
- The driver of the truck
- The firm that owns the truck
- Equipment manufacturers
- Other negligent drivers
- Government entities
The successful pursuit of truck accident lawsuits require a deep understanding of both state and federal trucking regulations. Hogan Injury has this knowledge as well as the resources needed to fully investigate these types of claims. Through the use of driving logs and other records, operators of trucks are held to a higher standard than are drivers of passenger vehicles. Trucking firms are also required to abide by strict procedures pertaining to their hiring practices, maintenance of their vehicles and record-keeping.
The truck accident lawyers working at Hogan Injury are familiar with what is required in order to successfully litigate truck accident claims. If a truck accident has left you or a someone you care about with serious injuries or has resulted in you losing a loved one, Hogan Injury can help. We offer a No Fee Representation Service which means you don’t pay us unless you win your case. We make sure that our truck accident clients obtain fair settlements and we can do the same for you.