Rear-End Crashes Involving Commercial Trucks
If You or a Loved One was Rear-Ended By a Commercial Truck, You Need an Experienced Legal Team on Your Side. Get the Help You Need from the Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers at Oberheiden Law.
Any type of rear-end collision can be extremely dangerous. But, when a large commercial truck hits another vehicle from behind, the consequences can be devastating.
In rear-end collisions involving commercial trucks, the truck driver is almost always to blame. There is no almost excuse for one driver to rear-end another—even when the driver in front stops suddenly due to traffic or other factors. If the truck driver was not at fault, then the accident may have resulted from an issue with the truck itself. Did the truck’s brakes fail? Was it carrying too much cargo? These are just two of numerous additional factors that can cause serious and fatal rear-end crashes.
Proving Liability After a Rear-End Collision Involving a Large Truck
The complexity of large truck accidents – and of large trucks themselves – makes it especially important to investigate promptly following a collision. In cases involving rear-end collisions, it is necessary to determine the specific cause of the crash in order to pursue a claim for just compensation. Simply knowing who (or what company) was probably at fault is not enough. In order to recover your losses, you must have clear and comprehensive evidence of liability.
Possible Causes of Rear-End Collisions Involving Large Trucks
When you choose Oberheiden Law to handle your rear-end truck accident case, our lawyers and investigators will work quickly to conclusively establish liability for your injuries or your loved one’s death. During our investigation, we will work to uncover evidence of all possible causes, including:
- Speeding – When truck drivers are speeding, their ability to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision is limited.
- Tailgating – Similarly, when a truck driver is following too closely, he or she may not have enough time to stop even if traveling at a speed that would otherwise be safe.
- Distracted Driving – When distracted by emails, text messages, social media, or GPS directions, truck drivers may not see brake lights ahead.
- Impaired Driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can significantly increase a truck driver’s risk of causing an accident, and driving while fatigued can cause a similar level of impairment.
- Harsh Braking – If a truck driver brakes too harshly, the truck’s brakes may lock up, and the truck may skid into the vehicle in front of it.
- Overloaded Cargo – If a truck is overloaded with cargo, this can prevent the truck driver from being able to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
- Unsecured or Unpressurized Cargo – If a truck’s cargo shifts during braking, this can also increase the truck’s stopping distance and increase the risk of a rear-end collision.
- Brake or Tire Failure – Brake failures and tire failures are common issues in rear-end crashes involving tractor trailers, tankers, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial trucks.
- Inadequate Truck Maintenance – Inadequate maintenance of brakes, tires, engines, transmissions, cargo strap systems, and other truck components can also play a role in causing a rear-end collision.
- Road Maintenance Issues or Defects – Unsafe and poorly-maintained road surfaces can cause truck drivers (and other drivers) to be unable to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
Possible Defendants in Cases Involving Rear-End Trucking Collisions
Once we identify the factor or factors that caused your (or your loved one’s) accident, then our lawyers can pursue all available claims on your behalf. In rear-end truck accident cases, possible defendants include:
- The Truck Driver – Truck drivers and their insurance companies can be held liable in cases involving speeding, tailgating and other forms of driver negligence.
- The Trucking Company – Trucking companies can be held liable for their drivers’ negligence as well as their own dangerous mistakes.
- The Shipping Company – Shipping companies can be held liable for improperly loading cargo such that it is able to shift during transit.
- A Truck or Component Manufacturer – Truck and component manufacturers can be held liable when defects are to blame to serious and fatal accidents.
- A Dealership or Repair Shop – Dealerships and repair shops can be held liable for performing negligent maintenance work on large commercial trucks.
- A Government Agency or Contractor – Government agencies and contractors can be held liable for designing, constructing, and failing to perform necessary maintenance on dangerous roads.
Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Lawyer at Oberheiden Law
At Oberheiden Law, we have recovered billions of dollars for our clients, and our contingency fee is lower than that charged by most other truck accident law firms. To discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys in confidence, call 866-376-4871 or request a free consultation online now.