Although trucking accidents account for a small percentage of traffic accidents, they account for a large percentage of traffic fatalities. Semi-truck and other large commercial truck accidents are oftentimes the result of carelessness on the part of the truck driver.
A classic cause of trucking accidents is driver fatigue, occurring when a driver overextends their time and service requirements to increase income. In such cases, the conduct of the driver and the company he may work for becomes paramount.
However, the analysis should not stop there. As in many cases, there are additional contributing causes of the accident that involve a complex analysis of the design, manufacture and maintenance of the truck itself.
In accidents involving trucks, the potential that the vehicle’s design, manufacture and maintenance must be considered.
Trucking is a regulated industry, and Federal and State regulations and guidelines must be considered. If the owner, leasing entity, contracted user or driver of the truck fail to comply with such mandates, including those of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for example, then liability on their part may well arise.
Because of the inherent danger to the driving public of trucks due to their sheer size and mass, rigid requirements exist with respect to the design and configuration of trucks to make them safe for operation. Additional maintenance requirements are placed on owners and operators to ensure that the vehicle’s key systems, such as the truck’s tires, brakes, hydraulics and lighting systems, are kept in proper working order. In accidents involving trucks, the vehicle’s design, manufacture and maintenance must be considered.
To fully evaluate a trucking accident case, we utilize a network of experts including investigators, automotive engineers and accident reconstructionists, who enable us to gather the evidence needed to determine the exact cause of the crash and the responsible party or parties. This evidence, coupled with our extensive trial experience, is then used to create a compelling jury argument against those responsible.