If you’ve been involved in a truck accident—as the driver of a truck, driver of another vehicle or a pedestrian—it’s important to secure legal counsel as soon as possible. Being involved in an accident can be traumatic, so settling the case of the accident might not seem like a top priority to you.
However, insurance agencies are on the case from day one, and their objective—their entire business model—is to pay out as little on a claim as possible. Once you obtain competent and devoted legal counsel from MG Law, you can rest assured your case is in the best hands. You can focus on getting appropriate treatment (if necessary), confident in the knowledge that we are working for you. It’s important to know that you may be entitled to compensation, even if you are partially at fault.
Complexities of Truck Accidents
Trucks are larger and heavier than most vehicles on the road. Consequently, trucking accidents are often more severe than a wreck between two cars. Injuries sustained during a trucking accident can include broken bones, back and neck problems, head injuries that could result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), seat belt injuries and paralysis, to name a few.
Truck accidents are also more complex as the handling of a truck accident differs from a car wreck as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has specific regulations surrounding these kinds of vehicles. Furthermore, states including Georgia have additional rules.
Determining Who is at Fault in a Truck Accident
This could include one of more of the following parties:
- The truck driver. This is includes disobeying traffic laws, distracted driving or impairment from drugs/alcohol.
- Trucking company. The trucking company would be liable if, for instance, they did not monitor the driver’s hours, leading to excessive hours and consequent fatigue and unsafe driving. They would also be at fault if they failed to screen the driver adequately.
- The manufacturer of the truck would be responsible if the accident was a result of a defective part.
- The party responsible for truck maintenance would have liability if they did not perform proper maintenance.
- The loading company would be at fault if they failed to load the truck securely. If the truck was overloaded, this could result in tires exploding from excess weight.
Types of Trucking Accidents
Jackknife- If a driver hits the brakes suddenly, the trailer can swing outward, or jackknife. From here, the truck is susceptible to rolling over.
Truck Rollovers- This can occur when the driver of the truck loses control of the vehicle and it rolls on its side. This can occur in the case of an overloaded vehicle, wherein steering becomes more difficult. It may also occur if the driver tries to take a turn too quickly, or if he or she overcorrects a maneuver.
Tire Blowout- A tire blowout can occur when tires are worn or when too much weight is placed on them. Since truck tires are significantly larger than car tires, the damage can be more severe. An exploded tire may break into pieces and strike other vehicles on the road or cause other vehicles to run into them.
Wide Turn- Trucks need a large amount of space to complete turns due to their large size. A wide turn occurs when a truck driver swings left to make a right turn. When this happens, the truck can hit cars to its right, trapping them between the truck and the curb.
Blind Spots- A blind spot is an area in which the driver’s view of other traffic is obstructed. If the driver cannot see other vehicles, it is possible to collide with them while changing lanes, for instance.
Rear-end- Trucks need more to stop than other vehicles due to their weight. If a driver underestimates the distance he or she needs to come to a complete stop, a rear-end collision can occur, sometimes causing severe damage and/or injury.
Under Ride- This is one of deadliest kinds of truck accidents and occurs when a car gets lodged underneath a truck. This often occurs when a car rear-ends a truck but can also happen during inclement weather or due to distracted or impaired driving.
Lost Load- Securing cargo safely on a truck is of great important, as improperly loaded cargo can fall off the back and strike other vehicles. Other vehicles on the road maybe swerve to avoid the debris and strike other cars, creating additional accidents.
Head On- This can occur when a truck crosses the center line and collides with another vehicle headfirst. This is one of the more devastating and dangerous kinds of accidents, often due to a distracted or impaired driver.
T-bone- When a truck driver does not change lanes properly, the truck can hit another vehicle’s side.
Contact MG Law today and let us navigate this legal space for you.
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