Victims of Commercial Trucking Accidents Need a Truck Accident Attorney


Types of Trucking Accidents

It is a fact of life that we must share our roads with numerous oversized commercial trucks. Unfortunately, this also causes accidents between huge tractor-trailers and automobiles, and colliding with a semi-truck can be catastrophic for the occupants of a car or smaller vehicle. In 2012 alone, the state experienced 214 fatalities involving a commercial truck, with 185 deaths pertaining to victims in the smaller vehicle. Common types of truck accidents include rollovers and incidents caused by equipment malfunction, along with head-on collisions, rear-end impacts, and side-impact collisions. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to an accident involving a commercial truck, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for trucking industry negligence.

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Causes of Trucking Accidents

Driving a large tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler truck requires skill and training, with the goal of preventing accidents on our freeways and highways. Truck drivers and motor carriers are required to follow strict rules and safety regulations, and violations and mistakes can cause serious and fatal accidents. Common causes of accidents include driver fatigue, driver distraction, and inadequate training or experience. In addition, truck drivers sometimes make overly wide turns, drive too fast, or fail to see a car in the truck's blind spots. Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo can also cause accidents, as can mechanical failure. If driver or motor carrier negligence causes an accident, victims will benefit from the help of a personal injury attorney.

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Truck DUI Accidents

Drivers of commercial trucks are strictly forbidden from consuming alcohol or drugs while operating their vehicle. In fact, in the interest of safety, many prescription medications are even banned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. No amount of physical or mental impairment is acceptable for the driver of a five-ton truck, however, the frightening truth is that some truck drivers do abuse alcohol and drugs. If you or a family member are injured in an accident caused by a truck driver under the influence, you are entitled to full compensation for losses. The reckless behavior associated with a driving under the influence (DUI) charge can be penalized by punitive damages in addition to other compensation for victims.

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