Due to the massive size and weight of semi trucks, truck accidents result in severe injury and death more often than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Passenger vehicles are designed to withstand impact with 80,000-pound trucks. Therefore, truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and death to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash. Catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injury or brain damage, can have a devastating impact on accident victims and their families. These types of injuries can leave you permanently disabled and unable to return to work or enjoy once-loved activities after the accident.
Truck Driver Negligence
Most large truck accidents occur because of a truck driver’s or trucking company’s negligence. A trucker who fails to act in a reasonable manner to prevent the risk of foreseeable harm to other motorists may be legally liable for negligence. Truck drivers are required by law to exercise a minimum standard of care when loading, inspecting, and operating a commercial vehicle. Drivers who fail to exercise this care may be liable for negligence. A driver is also obligated to use extreme caution when operating large trucks because of the inherent hazards involved in commercial vehicle operation. In addition, driver fatigue or criminal behavior may give rise to liability for a truck accident.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
Trucking companies are often held liable for negligence in truck accident cases when they fail to maintain their fleet in reasonable condition or fail to verify the qualifications of their drivers. Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that their drivers are properly certified and have demonstrated both competence and ability to operate large trucks. These companies are also required to meet the minimum standards for the proper maintenance of their fleets set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations. Failure to adequately meet these standards may give rise to a negligence claim if it results in a truck accident. The professional truck accident attorneys at Levenbaum Trachtenberg will work diligently to ensure that all liable parties are held fully accountable for causing your injuries. Call us at 602-271-0183 today for a free consultation regarding your truck accident case.