Causes of Truck Accidents
Our Lawyers Help Victims and Families Recover After Serious and Fatal Truck Accidents from All Causes
When your life changes suddenly and unexpectedly as the result of a serious or fatal truck accident, it can be difficult to find a path forward. You need to take care of yourself, and you need to protect your legal rights, but it can all seem like too much to bear.
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Victims and Families Nationwide
At Oberheiden Law, we assist our clients every step of the way. From ensuring that you receive professional care to determining the cause of the accident and fighting for just compensation, we will be with you throughout the recovery process. Our lawyers have decades of experience and have recovered more than $6 billion in compensation, and we can help ensure that you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.
Driver Negligence and Other Factors Can Lead to Serious Truck Accidents
After a truck accident, determining the cause of the accident is essential to recovering your losses. Determining the cause also determines who is liable, and this gives you the information you need to move forward with pursuing a claim.
Truck accidents share many of the same causes as collisions between passenger vehicles, but they can have some unique causes as well. At Oberheiden Law, we can seek just compensation for your losses resulting from factors such as:
- The truck driver made a reckless or careless mistake. Truck drivers are susceptible to making mistakes, just like everyone else. Speeding, tailgating, braking harshly, and attempting to merge with too little room are all common causes of commercial truck accidents.
- The truck driver was distracted. Distracted driving is a leading cause of commercial truck accidents. Whether distracted by communications with dispatch, personal texts or phone calls, GPS navigation, social media, or watching movies or videos behind the wheel, truck drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road are at high risks for causing serious and fatal collisions.
- The truck driver was drunk or high. Driving while drunk, high, or under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications is extraordinarily dangerous, and there is simply no excuse. When a truck driver is impaired, his or her risk of causing an accident increases significantly.
- The truck driver was fatigued or asleep behind the wheel. Driving while fatigued is a major issue in the commercial trucking industry. While many truckers spend more hours in the driver’s seat than they should, even those who follow the federal safety regulations can find themselves nodding off behind the wheel.
- The truck jackknifed or rolled over. Jackknife and rollover truck accidents often involve multiple vehicles, and in some cases they can leave traffic backed up for miles. For those who are injured and who lose loved ones, determining what caused the truck to jackknife or roll over is one of the first steps toward financial recovery.
- The truck suffered a brake failure or tire blowout. Brake failures and tire blowouts are fairly common issues for large commercial trucks, and they can be extraordinarily dangerous when they occur with other vehicles in the vicinity.
- The truck suffered another mechanical or electrical failure. In addition to brake failures and tire blowouts, other mechanical and electrical failures can lead to dangerous accidents as well. These include issues such as engine failures, transmission failures, brake and headlight failures, and worn or defective couplings.
- The truck’s cargo came loose. When a truck’s cargo shifts during transit, this can make it far more difficult for the truck’s driver to maintain control. Cargo spills can cause dangerous highway and roadway accidents as well.
- Another driver was negligent. When investigating the cause of a truck accident, it is important not to focus solely on the truck driver and the truck itself. In many cases, other drivers’ negligence will also factor into serious and fatal truck accidents.
- Weather or road conditions caused the truck driver to lose control. Likewise, weather and road conditions can also cause truck drivers to lose control. When weather is a factor in a commercial truck accident, driver negligence, tire defects, and various other issues can be to blame. When a road defect is a factor, the government agency or contractor that is responsible for the road could be liable for all victims’ losses.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers are Here to Help You Recover
If you need help recovering after a truck accident, let us show you what our lawyers can do to help. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Oberheiden Law, call 866-376-4871 or tell us about your truck accident case online today.