Causes of Trucking Accidents
Lexington Truck Accident Lawyers with Decades of Experience
Commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are massive motor vehicles that share public roads and highways with small passenger cars, motorists, and pedestrians. Because these commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, may transport dangerous cargo, and are difficult to slow, stop, and maneuver quickly, they pose substantial dangers to public safety. Managing those risks through laws and regulations is important, but statistics make it clear that trucking accidents still happen all the time.
When a commercial truck accident does occur, victims face elevated risks of suffering injuries, including catastrophic or even fatal harm. When these accidents happen as the result of preventable causes, victims and families have the right to seek a financial recovery of their damages by pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death case against the at-fault trucker and / or trucking company.
At Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC, our legal team is committed to fighting on behalf of seriously injured victims and their loved ones, including those harmed in trucking accidents. By exploring the underlying cause of these wrecks and fighting back against insurance providers who want to pay as little as possible, we aim to secure the full amount of compensation clients deserve. Over the years, our focus on experienced representation and compassionate service have enabled us to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
Exploring the Cause of Trucking Wrecks
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, which is why a meticulous investigation becomes crucial to identifying what happened, and whether it could and should have been prevented if not for negligence. Some of the most common causes of trucking wrecks we see include:
- Driver Fatigue – A tired driver behind the wheel of a massive commercial truck can spell disaster on our roadways, as studies have shown that driving tired can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. This is why there are strict laws in place regarding the amount of time drivers are allowed to be on duty and behind the wheel. These hours-of-service rules dictate when drivers should take rest breaks, and when they must stop driving. They also require truckers and trucking companies to keep logs of the hours drivers work and operate their rigs. When they fail to comply with these regulations, drivers are more likely to be fatigued and susceptible to causing accidents – and they can be held accountable when they do.
- Drunk or drugged driving – Truck drivers are held to very strict standards when it comes to drug and alcohol use, and they can be held criminally and civilly accountable when they do not uphold their duty to drive safe and sober. Trucking companies also have a responsibility to ensure their drivers are not putting the public at risk by getting behind the wheel impaired.
- Safety Violations – The federal government enforces a number of safety regulations to protect the public from truck accidents. These include regulations regarding proper cargo securement, vehicle maintenance, driver performance, and more. Violating any of these safety rules means increasing the risks of accidents, and truckers and their employers can be held liable when violations lead to preventable harm.
- Unsafe Drivers – It is ultimately the trucking company’s legal duty to ensure that employees who operate commercial trucks are able to do so safely. When hiring, certifying, and retaining drivers, trucking companies need to make sure that trucks do not pose unreasonable risks. Hiring unqualified or licensed drivers, hiring drivers who would not pass medical exams, or retaining drivers with questionable safety and driving records could constitute negligence when those unsafe drivers cause harm.
- Defective Auto Parts – There are some trucking accidents that are caused by defective auto parts rather than the negligence of trucking companies or drivers. When this is the case, victims may be able to pursue compensation by pursuing product liability claims against manufacturers that designed or manufactured unsafe products.
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Whatever caused your trucking wreck, you can be confident about placing your trust in Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC. Our attorneys have leveraged over four decades of collective experience to handle challenging accident cases across the state of Kentucky. By leveraging our insight and the resources needed to fight back against insurance companies that put profits over people, we have been able to consistently secure the justice and compensation our clients needed. We encourage you to learn more about your rights and what we can do to help you navigate the process ahead by calling (859) 534-9327 for a free consultation.