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Truck accidents can be devastating for those involved. The massive size and weight of commercial trucks make them capable of causing severe damage and catastrophic injuries when they collide with cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

At Lanier Law Group, P.A., our Greensboro truck accident lawyers understand the tremendous impact these crashes can have on victims and their families. Our firm is prepared to help injured individuals and their loved ones navigate the legal process and fight for maximum compensation. We know how to take on large trucking companies and their insurers, and we are not afraid to aggressively advocate for you.

For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us at (336) 361-2564 or contact us online today.

Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?

Truck accident claims can be complex, in part because there are often multiple parties that could be liable for the crash. Identifying the liable party is a crucial step in the claims process, as it allows the victim to know whom they can seek compensation from.

Some of the most common parties that could be held liable for a truck accident include:

  • The truck driver: If the truck driver acts negligently or carelessly and causes an accident, they could be held liable. This might include situations where the driver was intoxicated, distracted, or fatigued. It could also include situations where the driver was speeding, following too closely, or otherwise violating traffic laws.
  • The trucking company: Trucking companies are often held liable for the negligence of their employees. Therefore, if a truck driver is responsible for a crash, the trucking company that employs them could be held liable. Trucking companies can also be held directly liable for their own negligence. For example, if a trucking company fails to properly maintain a truck and it causes an accident, the company could be held liable. Additionally, trucking companies can be held liable if they force or encourage their drivers to violate federal trucking regulations.
  • A third-party contractor: Sometimes, trucking companies work with third-party contractors. These contractors might be responsible for maintaining the truck, loading the cargo, or other tasks. If a truck accident is caused by the negligence of a third-party contractor, that contractor could be held liable.
  • The cargo company: Companies that manufacture or distribute cargo and goods have a responsibility to ensure that the cargo is properly loaded, secured, and distributed. If a truck accident is caused by improperly loaded or secured cargo, the cargo company could be held liable.
  • The truck manufacturer: Although it is less common, sometimes truck accidents are caused by a defect in the truck itself. Truck manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are safe for the road. If a truck accident is caused by a truck defect, the manufacturer could be held liable.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they are caused by multiple factors. Determining the cause of a truck accident is an important step in the claims process, as it helps to establish liability.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: Truck drivers, like all other drivers, can become distracted while behind the wheel. This might include talking or texting on a cellphone, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio, or talking to passengers. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can result in serious accidents.
  • Impaired driving: Truck drivers are not allowed to operate a commercial vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, some truck drivers do anyway. Impaired driving is a major cause of truck accidents.
  • Fatigued driving: Truck drivers are often under a great deal of pressure to meet strict deadlines. As a result, many truck drivers work long hours and do not get the rest they need. Fatigued driving is a major problem in the trucking industry and is a common cause of truck accidents.
  • Speeding: Truck drivers are not allowed to exceed the posted speed limit or drive too fast for the current conditions. Unfortunately, many truck drivers speed anyway. Speeding is a major cause of truck accidents.
  • Tailgating: Truck drivers are required to leave a certain amount of space between their truck and the vehicles in front of them. This is because trucks require a much longer stopping distance than smaller vehicles. When truck drivers tailgate, they are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Improper lane changes: Truck drivers must always use their mirrors and turn signals when changing lanes. They must also check their blind spots for smaller vehicles. When truck drivers fail to do these things, they can cause a serious accident.
  • Illegal turns: Commercial trucks require a significant amount of space to make turns. When truck drivers make a turn that is too tight or too wide, they can collide with other vehicles or objects.
  • Jackknifing: Jackknifing occurs when the cab of a truck swings out to the side while the trailer swings out to the other side. This often occurs when the truck driver brakes too suddenly, causing the trailer to lose traction with the road. When a truck jackknifes, it can block multiple lanes of traffic and cause a serious accident.
  • Overloaded trucks: Truck drivers and trucking companies must ensure that their trucks are not overloaded and that the cargo is properly distributed. When a truck is overloaded or the cargo is improperly distributed, it can affect the truck’s ability to handle properly.
  • Lack of maintenance: Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that their trucks are properly maintained and inspected. When a truck is not properly maintained, it can cause a serious accident.
  • Defective truck parts: Sometimes, truck accidents are caused by a defect in the truck itself. For example, a defect in the truck’s brakes or tires could cause an accident. In these situations, the truck manufacturer could be held liable.
  • Inclement weather: Truck drivers must adjust their driving to account for the current weather conditions. When a truck driver fails to do this, they can cause a serious accident.
  • Blind spots: Trucks have large blind spots, or “no-zones,” on all four sides. When a truck driver fails to check their blind spots for smaller vehicles, they can collide with those vehicles.
  • Backing up: Because trucks are so large and have such large blind spots, backing up can be extremely dangerous. When a truck driver backs up without checking for pedestrians or other vehicles, they can cause a serious accident.
  • Failure to yield: Truck drivers must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles when required to do so. When a truck driver fails to yield, they can cause a serious accident.
  • Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign: Truck drivers must always obey all traffic laws, including stopping at red lights and stop signs. When a truck driver runs a red light or fails to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, they can cause a serious accident.

How Can an Attorney Help with My Truck Accident Case?

Truck accident cases can be complex. In addition to dealing with the truck driver and their insurance company, you may also need to deal with the trucking company and their insurer. These companies have a team of lawyers on their side who are working to minimize their liability and reduce the amount they have to pay you.

When you have an attorney from Lanier Law Group, P.A. on your side, you are not alone. Our Greensboro truck accident lawyers know how to take on these large companies and their insurers, and we are not afraid to go up against them. We have extensive experience handling all types of truck accident cases and have a proven track record of success.

Our firm can help you by:

  • Investigating the accident: We will conduct a thorough investigation into your truck accident to determine who is liable and what caused the crash. This may involve reviewing the police report, hiring accident reconstruction experts, obtaining the truck’s black box data, and more.
  • Calculating your damages: We will carefully review your case and calculate the full extent of your damages. This includes your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
  • Filing a claim: We will handle all of the necessary paperwork and ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner.
  • Negotiating with the insurance company: We will handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance company, including presenting evidence of liability and damages.
  • Taking your case to trial, if necessary: If we are unable to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, we are prepared to take your case to trial. Our Greensboro truck accident lawyers are skilled litigators and will fight for you in the courtroom.

Call (336) 361-2564 or contact us online to discuss your case during a free case evaluation.

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