Trucking accidents are often caused by negligence and driver error. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include, without limitation, the following:
- Distracted Driving – driver distraction is a significant cause of trucking accidents, and may involve the individual engaging in texting, emailing, taking photographs, fiddling with a radio, eating, or drinking.
- Driver fatigue – operating a vehicle for a long period of time, especially in the nighttime hours, can cause a trucking accident due to driver fatigue.
- Lack of experience – a lack of experience in operating a vehicle such as a truck can lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents.
- Improper cargo loading – cargo on a truck can easily become dislodged and fall onto the roadway, striking other vehicles and becoming a road hazard.
Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident?
Trucking accident cases are unique in that they typically involve several parties. Although each cases is different, the following parties may be deemed at fault:
- Truck driver: They may cause an accident if engaging in negligent behaviors, such as distracted driving, driving while impaired, speeding, or operating a truck while fatigued.
- Truck owner: If a truck driver did not own his or her truck at the time of the accident, the owner of the vehicle can be held responsible for an accident due to, e.g., a failure to maintain it.
- Trucking company: In general, an employer is legally responsible for their employee’s actions when an accident arises within the scope of their work. Moreover, a trucking company may be held liable for failing to repair and maintain their fleet.
- Cargo Company: If cargo is improperly loaded by a third party, this can result in objects falling off the back the truck and/or may also cause the truck to jackknife.
In the event of a truck accident, talk to our 18-wheeler accident lawyer about your rights and legal options.
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If you or a loved one is seeking legal justice and monetary compensation for injuries or the loss of a loved one, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. A truck accident lawsuit must be filed before its expiration date, also known as the statute of limitations. Please call right away to losing your right to possible financial compensation.
Giddens Law Firm offers clients a one-on-one, client-to-lawyer experience. Mr. Giddens gives your case the attention you need and deserve. He has handled countless personal injury cases throughout Mississippi.
Mr. Giddens focuses on serving those who have been victims of crashes involving 18-wheeler trucks and is able to represent the victims as well as the families of those who have passed in such wrecks. Not only does Mr. Giddens represent the interests of those hurt in these wrecks, but he also studies the trucking industry and follows new developments in it so that he can remain at the forefront of trucking litigation. Mr. Giddens has served as an ambassador for the implementation of side underride guard protections, which can substantially prevent death or serious injury in nearly 75% of trucking crashes when installed.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll-Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.