Terre Haute Truck Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving large commercial tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are on the rise. Even during the COVID pandemic when Americans were required to shelter in place, the percentage of accidents involving large commercial trucks per mile driven was higher than the year before. There is the broadscale belief that trucking companies are hiring underqualified drivers to deliver goods and that this has resulted in more trucking accidents on the road. Our Terre Haute truck accident lawyers have helped hundreds of accident victims get compensation from negligent trucking companies.
Understanding Trucking Accident Lawsuits
Accidents involving large commercial trucks happen far too frequently in the U.S. However, they are not always the fault of the trucking company or their driver. To recover damages in a truck accident lawsuit, you will need to show that the truck driver was at fault for the accident, at least more at fault than you are. In other words, you need to be able to prove negligence.
The following are some of the most common types of truck accident lawsuits.
- Drowsy driving lawsuits – Federal law requires truck drivers to take breaks after 8 hours on the road and to work no more than a certain number of hours per week. Drivers who fail to abide by these regulations and fall asleep at the wheel are liable for any injuries they cause.
- Distracted driving lawsuits – Driving is tedious work and the desire for some other kind of stimulation can cause drivers to take their attention off the road. When they do, they’re liable for any accident they cause.
- Vehicle maintenance and defective tire lawsuits – Trucking companies are required by law to perform diagnostics on their vehicles prior to delivery. Further, truckers are required to perform inspections on their vehicles after 24 hours on the road. When they don’t, tire blowout accidents, flying tire accidents, or other maintenance issues can cause injury and death.
- Speeding and aggressive driving – 18-wheelers can’t stop on a dime. Reaction time is thus much shorter for truck drivers than those who drive smaller vehicles. Truck drivers thus cannot tailgate or speed without potentially endangering others on the road.
- Improper loading accidents – If products in the trailer aren’t loaded properly, they can make the trailer unstable, which could result in an accident.
Trucking companies have a non-delegable duty of care to ensure that their drivers are skilled, have valid CDLs, and aren’t a danger to other drivers on the road. When they fail in that duty of care, they can be sued for damages.
Common truck accident injuries include:
- Wrongful death – Many won’t survive an accident with a large commercial truck.
- Brain injury – Brain and head injuries are common in truck accident lawsuits.
- Spinal injury and paralysis – Many won’t walk away from truck accidents and some won’t walk again.
What Should You Do After a Truck Accident?
After you’ve been cared for by medical personnel, you should hire a skilled Terre Haute truck accident attorney to litigate your case against the trucking company. We have helped thousands of accident victims and their families recover damages related to the loss of a loved one or a serious physical injury. Call today to discuss your situation with a skilled personal injury attorney.