Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are a staple of the economy, and there’s no shortage of them on the highway. With more commercial vehicles operating on already-busy roadways comes the enhanced possibility of severe truck accidents.

When commercial trucks crash into other smaller vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. Due to the disproportionate size and weight, the smaller car is typically crushed or mangled on impact. These accidents commonly result in permanent injuries or fatalities due to the sheer size of the vehicle involved.

It is often difficult to know what to do to protect your rights after a truck accident. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to a commercial truck, then it is time to seek justice. At Scott W. Sheen & Associates, our goal is to help you pick up the pieces of your life and move forward with the least amount of hardship. Our experienced attorneys will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your truck-related injuries.

Truck accidents are often complex in comparison to other road accidents. The attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates are prepared to take on your complicated case.

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Many factors contribute to truck accidents. Because of their size, these trucks pose an inherent danger to others on the road. Their safe operation requires a driver with specialized training and attentiveness. However, truck drivers are often made to adhere to tight schedules and drive long hours. Cargo companies and retailers frequently load their own products onto a third-party truck. As a result, there are many points at which a party can be negligent.

Types of Commercial Trucks that Cause Accidents

Semi-trucks
Consists of a cab that pulls a trailer which carries the truck’s cargo

Flatbed Trucks
Cargo is carried on a flat, open platform behind the cab

Tanker Trucks
A cab and a tank holding hazardous and sometimes flammable liquid cargo

Delivery Trucks
Trucks for courier services, including semi-trucks and local delivery vans

Sanitation Trucks
Garbage trucks which are typically equipped with dangerous robotics

Dump Trucks and Cement Mixers
Construction vehicles that typically drop their load behind them

One of the most significant factors involved in your accident is what caused the crash. In terms of truck crashes, this is usually more difficult because it can involve several parties, and liability may be placed on multiple people.

Driver negligence is the top cause of truck accidents, which is frequently due to distractions or impairment. However, some accidents occur because of the trucking company’s negligence. In these circumstances, a company may fail to train its drivers properly, push drivers to work longer hours than legally allowed, or drive faster to meet deadlines.

Truck owners may also be held responsible for your injury for inadequately secured cargo. Maintenance companies who fail to inspect, maintain, and repair their trucks may also be held liable for your damages.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Driver fatigue
  • False logbooks
  • Violating loading rules
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Traffic violations such as improper lane usage
  • Speeding or failure to reduce speed
  • Wide turns
  • Failure to yield
  • Unqualified drivers
  • Improper vehicle maintenance

Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference during your personal injury claim. The experienced attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in a stress-free manner.

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