Trucking accidents are among the deadliest accidents on the roadways. The large size and weight of semi-trucks make them a force to reckon with in an accident. Being involved in a trucking accident can be traumatic, and it's essential to know what to do if you ever find yourself in one. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about trucking accidents, including common causes, liability, and the steps to take after an accident.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
There are three common causes of trucking accidents: mechanical failure, weather conditions and, most commonly, driver error. Driver error can include fatigue, distraction, inability to control the vehicle, and reckless driving. Drivers that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol also contribute to trucking accidents.
Mechanical failure can range from brake failure to engine malfunctions and issues with the tires. Weather conditions such as fog, snow, and heavy winds can also cause trucking accidents.
Who Is Liable For Trucking Accidents?
Liability can fall on the driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer, depending on the cause of the accident. If the cause of the accident is related to driver error, the liability will fall on the driver and the trucking company. If mechanical failure is the cause of the accident, liability will fall on the truck manufacturer or maintenance company. If weather conditions cause the accident, liability will not fall on anyone.
There are different types of liability when it comes to a trucking accident. Criminal liability is when a truck driver or trucking company is found guilty of violating the law, leading to serious harm or death. Civil liability is when the injured party files a lawsuit against the truck driver, trucking company, or the manufacturer. Product liability is when the truck manufacturer is sued for a defective part that may have caused the accident. Knowing what type of liability applies to your case is important as you navigate the legal process.
What To Do After a Trucking Accident
If you find yourself in a trucking accident, it's essential to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and health:
- Get medical attention if you're injured.
- Take pictures of the accident scene and gather information from any witnesses who saw the accident. Contact the police, and a report will be made. Get an attorney immediately to guide you through the legal process.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
Contact Our Attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC
At Kalfus & Nachman PC, we understand the complexities of trucking accidents and are dedicated to helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of federal trucking regulations and can help you navigate the legal process.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and determine the best course of action to help you receive the compensation you deserve. (855) 880-8163