Alafaya Truck Accident Lawyer
While many of us have driven past a truck accident on the road at one time or another, few realize how often these types of collisions actually occur. In 2017, for instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revealed that there were 450,000 police-reported collisions involving large trucks that year alone. Of those collisions, 344,000 resulted in an injury. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained in these kinds of collisions are almost always serious, leaving victims to struggle with mounting medical debt, while also trying to pay household expenses. It is possible, however, for motorists who have been injured in truck accidents, to recover compensation for their losses, either from the driver, the driver’s employer, or another motorist who contributed to or caused the crash. To learn more about filing a claim against the person or company responsible for your own collision, please contact one of our experienced Alafaya truck accident lawyers today.
Truck Accident Causes
Like all car accidents, collisions involving trucks can happen for a variety of reasons, but most can be attributed to one of the following four causes:
- A truck driver’s non-performance, such as falling asleep at the wheel or driving while intoxicated;
- A failure in recognition, such as driver inattention;
- Poor decision making, such as driving too fast for the conditions, following another car too closely, or misjudging the speed of other vehicles; or
- Poor driver performance, including exercising poor directional control, overcompensating or oversteering, or panicking in the face of another driver’s negligence.
Truck accidents are complex events that usually involve more than two vehicles, so it is not uncommon for more than one of these factors to contribute to an accident. A lack of driver training and inexperience, for example, as well as poor road and weather conditions often go hand-in-hand in causing serious accidents. Negligent vehicle design, manufacturing errors, and a failure to adhere to maintenance and safety recommendations also play a role in causing thousands of truck accidents every year.
Liability for Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are unique amongst vehicle accidents, as they typically involve the negligence of more than one person or entity. If, for example, a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and caused a collision, he or she could be held partially responsible for resulting damages. The driver’s employer, however, could also bear some responsibility for compensating the victim if it forced the at-fault party to meet unrealistic deadlines or failed to ensure that its drivers were taking adequate breaks. Vehicle parts manufacturers can also be required to compensate injured parties if their negligence in designing or producing a part caused a crash. Defective brakes and tires, for instance, contribute to some of the most severe truck accidents. Finally, other drivers, whose negligence caused the truck driver to collide with the victim, could also be held partially liable for accident-related loss.
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