The U.S. relies on the trucking industry to transport essential and all kinds of other goods throughout the country. However, this industry isn’t without its downsides. Its most serious downside is accidents on the road. Far too many people are seriously or fatally injured in these accidents each year. Sadly, most of these accidents were easily preventable.
Large trucks cause a disproportionate number of accidents. In 2019, large trucks accounted for:
While not as common as passenger vehicle accidents, commercial truck accidents typically cause more damage. These large trucks have a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds. With so much weight, they need more time and space to come to a complete stop. In situations where they must stop immediately, this creates a problem. They also weigh more than most vehicles, causing the force of an accident to be much more than is involved in passenger vehicle accidents.
Another factor that makes large trucks so dangerous is their loads. If incorrectly loaded and secured, the goods they carry can shift during transport, making the truck more likely to cause an accident.
None of these factors is an excuse for truck drivers or trucking companies to be irresponsible. If anything, they have a much greater duty to keep their fleet safe and drive carefully to prevent severe and deadly accidents.
All personal injury claims must establish the negligence of the at-fault party. To do this, the injured party or their attorney on their behalf needs to prove that:
It’s not always easy to determine who should be held liable when a commercial truck accident occurs. By having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side, you can be assured that the appropriate parties will be held accountable. Not only that but also your attorney will seek compensation from all possible sources to maximize your financial recovery.
The Schererville truck accident lawyers at Tanzillo, Stassin & Babcock have vast experience representing truck accident claimants and their family members. Our attorneys know how to investigate these accidents and how to prove liability. They are skilled negotiators who aren’t afraid to take on large trucking companies and their powerful insurance companies. We offer free initial consultations. Contact us today to schedule yours and find out what your case could be worth.