The sheer size of commercial trucks means victims of accidents often suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. Our Longview, TX, community is especially prone to truck accidents since tankers regularly travel on roadways from nearby oil fields. These accidents may be caused by driver error, mechanical failures, weather conditions, or one of many other factors. Truck accident attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton strive to help truck accident victims achieve the most favorable case outcome possible. If a trucking accident has injured you or a loved one, schedule a free case consultation with our office by contacting us online or calling (903) 297-8929 today.
Determining Fault in a Trucking Accident
After a trucking accident, you will likely want to know who to blame or how the event occurred. Determining who is responsible can be very difficult. The trucking industry is governed by laws and regulations at both the state and federal level. In addition, there may be multiple parties who are responsible, directly or indirectly, for your injuries, including:
- The driver of the truck
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The company or individual who leased the truck from the owner
- The individual or company who manufactured the vehicle, tires, or other parts
- The shipper or loader of the cargo in the truck
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck or tanker, you need a personal injury attorney who can unravel the connections between the different players and find the truth. Attorney Randy Akin is board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law. He is uniquely qualified to handle complex trucking accident cases with compassion and understanding.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the most common cause of trucking accidents is driver error. A study conducted by the FMCSA indicates that about 87 percent of large truck accidents are caused by driver mistakes. Common factors in driver error-related accidents include:
- Fatigue or sleep deprivation
- Inattention or distractions
- Unfamiliarity with the road
- Use of mind-altering drugs
Equipment failure is another major contributing factor in trucking accidents. Manufacturing mistakes, design errors, and improper maintenance can all cause necessary equipment to fail.
Effects of Truck Accidents
The size of trucks and the materials they contain can lead to devastating effects in the event of an accident. Common types of trucking accidents include:
- Jackknifes occur when a driver slams on the breaks and the trailer skids outward, creating a 90-degree angle.
- Head-on collisions are often caused by carelessness of the driver.
- Wide turn, or swinging turn, crashes happen when a driver swings left to turn right and collides with cars to their right.
- Rollovers occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle, causing it to slide and flip over.
- Underride accidents involve smaller cars becoming trapped under the truck’s trailer.
- Blind spots are a significant issue with large trucks, since it is often hard for the driver to see cars while changing lanes.
- Lost loads are extremely dangerous to nearby motorists.
- Tire blowouts can occur on any vehicle, but are especially dangerous for large trucks with trailers.
Victims of trucking accidents often require ongoing medical care, which can lead to lost wages and high medical bills.
There are often serious repercussions for those involved in these types of accidents. Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injury to the brain and spinal column. Victims of trucking accidents often require ongoing medical care, which can lead to lost wages and high medical bills.
Hire an Advocate
When you or someone you know is involved in a serious accident, you should not have to go through it alone. Randy Akin and Greg Burton understand the physical and emotional effects of trucking accidents and are here to help. Our team can help you determine the party liable for your accident and hold them responsible. You and your family deserve to receive fair and just compensation for your accident. To schedule your free initial case consultation and learn more about our contingency fees, call our office at (903) 297-8929 or contact us online today.