Causes Of Truck Accidents
Some truck accidents are straightforward, though many involve a complex sequence of events. These fall into four broad categories:
Truck driver negligence — Truck drivers must comply with strict federal and state regulations regarding driving hours and rest time. But many ignore these regulations and drive for long periods without stopping. A significant percentage of drivers use over-the-counter medications or illegal stimulants to extend the period in which they drive, and a tired driver is a potentially dangerous driver. Other drivers are simply reckless or careless when operating their vehicles.
Trucking company negligence — The trucking industry as a whole is finding it increasingly difficult to obtain qualified drivers. As a result, trucking companies can take shortcuts when recruiting and screening new hires. They may also choose to ignore driver misbehavior or drivers who fail to follow regulations.
Truck maintenance — Trucking companies and truck drivers alike are responsible for inspecting vehicles and taking appropriate action when trucks need service and maintenance. If they fail to do so, a mechanical failure, such as a tire blowout or brake failure, can result in a serious accident.
Truck design and faulty components — Truck builders and component manufacturers have a legal responsibility to make products that are safe for their intended uses. When they fail to do so and a serious accident happens, the victims can seek compensation from that party as well as others who contributed to the accident. Reed & Terry, L.L.P., is an experienced product liability law firm with the investigative resources and advocacy skills needed to handle these complex cases.
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Reed & Terry, L.L.P., will conduct a thorough and painstaking investigation of your accident to document the cause of accident and assign liability to all responsible parties. Working with your doctor or other medical specialists, we will identify your medical and rehabilitation needs. Finally, we will make a full accounting of your medical costs, lost income and other compensable losses for inclusion in your claim. Our case preparation techniques often place us in a strong position to obtain results through settlement negotiations. If necessary, we will represent you at trial.
Act Quickly To Protect Your Rights
Trucking companies and their insurance companies vigorously defend their interests. Soon after an 18-wheeler accident, they will have an investigator at the accident scene, looking for ways to defeat an insurance claim or minimize compensation. As the victim of a truck accident, you need a strong advocate on your side, working hard to protect your rights and ability to claim compensation.
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