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The legal counsel you need after a crash involving an 18-wheeler
Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road and have a certain level of expertise on how to handle their vehicles. However, they do make mistakes and may be at fault for an accident. The following are some of the common reasons why trucking accidents take place:
Driver error: This is by far the most common cause of trucking accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has found that 88 percent of all truck accidents were caused by the action or inaction of the driver. The reasons for this include over-the-counter drug use, speeding and unfamiliarity with the road. However, most semi-truck accidents are due to fatigue and sleep deprivation.
Truck equipment failure: Defective design and manufacturing, as well as improper maintenance, may cause trucking equipment to fail. The FMSCA has strict requirements for every truck driver and trucking company to perform inspections and maintenance on their vehicles throughout the year to ensure the proper working condition and safety of their equipment.
Weather conditions: Inclement weather may affect both small and large vehicles on the road. However, because large trucks cannot be stopped as quickly, poor weather conditions and slippery road surfaces lead to many 18-wheeler crashes each year.
Improper loading: Because heavy loads weigh down trucks, it is important that this cargo gets loaded properly. When a load is not balanced or secured tightly, it can cause the truck to topple over. As a result of this, a commercial truck might be tipped over or the cargo might fall onto the highway and cause a collision.
Improper selection of trucking company: Many shippers who need products transported via truck do not perform due diligence in finding a trucking company that is in compliance with FMCSA regulations to safely ship their cargo. This results in improper vehicles hauling loads beyond their proper safety levels.
One of the reasons why truck accident claims are more complicated than other auto accident cases is because of the many potential liable parties. The truck driver can be held accountable for his or her negligence. The trucking company is a potentially liable party in cases where negligent hiring or poor vehicle maintenance was involved. The truck’s owner can also be held responsible for failing to properly maintain the vehicle. Even the truck’s manufacturer can be held accountable for a personal injury if a defective truck part contributed to the crash.
Get experienced representation for your truck accident in Alexandria, VA
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck and have questions or need help, contact a lawyer with experience in this field. A capable accident attorney at Curcio Bergeron is ready to help. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 703-666-8858 or contact our Alexandria office online.