We have all seen the aftermath that a trucking accident can cause. Sometimes entire roadways are blocked by the enormous vehicle, with multiple cars piled up behind it in a mangled mess. Because of the size of a big rig truck, most collisions result in personal injury of some kind or another. Neck and back injuries are common, as are brain injuries and broken bones. But what is it that causes such disastrous accidents?
Many different factors can cause a truck accident. Perhaps the driver was distracted while eating, talking on the phone, or texting while driving. Florida has no legal restrictions for distracted driving as of yet. Dangerous roads are also a common cause of truck accidents and result in many run-off incidents. Mechanical failure, sometimes caused by failure to maintain, may result in a breakdown or a "runaway truck."
Or, perhaps the driver, having been on the road for hours and hours, was simply too tired to stay alert on the road. Regardless of how a truck accident is caused, victims should not be required to cover the cost of any damage or injury. If you have been in a truck accident, find an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area right away before you lose any chance of securing maximum compensation.
An accident involving a big-rig, 18-wheeler, or semi-truck is not necessarily only the fault of the driver who was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident. In some cases, the trucking company could have inadvertently played a role in the accident as well. Like their drivers, trucking employers are expected to follow a certain set of requirements in their business practices. For example, the trucking company is responsible for thoroughly checking the background of each of its drivers before hire. Failure to do this could result in the employment of a trucker whose driving record or criminal record is in some capacity incriminating.
A trucking company's negligence in its hiring practices could result in a serious accident, in which case the company itself should be held at least in part responsible for the collision that resulted. A history of alcohol abuse, driving violations, failed drug tests, etc. make certain truck driver candidates too dangerous for the job for which they have applied. If these aspects are overlooked or neglected in any way, the fault might lie with the trucking company itself. Therefore, it is important to investigate the trucking company's hiring practices after an accident has occurred to determine if a negligent disregard was made to the requirements expected of them.
A trucking company can also fail in its requirement to ensure that the hydraulic brakes, as well as the tires and other equipment on a large truck are safe for use. Maintenance defects have been found to be the cause of hundreds of truck accidents in the United States. Of particular disturbance in this fact is that the trucking company could have easily prevented such an accident if it had only upheld its responsibility to provide frequent maintenance to the vehicle's many parts. Because the detection of negligent maintenance can be difficult to make, you must have a well-qualified injury attorney on your side and acting on your behalf if you wish to pursue a claim of this nature.
Without proper legal representation, you have little chance of securing the compensation you deserve from the trucking companies. They will fight vigorously to defend themselves and keep their insurance rates from rising, so make sure to hire an experienced and skilled Coral Gables personal injury attorney from Mesa Law Firm. Our legal team will get to know you on a personal level, stay by your side, and fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve. Call now to learn more about our legal services and affordable contingency fees.
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