If you are the victim of a truck accident, you are likely facing extensive medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more. If you want to receive compensation from the responsible party for all of your losses, you must show that the other party negligent in causing the accident. In order to show negligence, the first step is determining and gathering evidence regarding the cause of the accident. Truck accident cases can be especially complicated because there are many possible causes and potentially responsible parties. An experienced truck accident attorney in Fayette County can help you show what caused your truck accident and hold the responsible person liable for your injuries and losses.
The following are the four most common categories of truck accident causes:
- Driver error: This category of causes can include driving under the influence, distracted driving, violation of traffic laws, fatigued driving, and other mishandlings of the truck.
- Negligent hiring: This cause occurs when a company negligently hires a driver who is actually not qualified to drive commercial vehicles. Companies have a duty to thoroughly check out their drivers and may be held liable if they hire unqualified or dangerous truck drivers.
- Truck malfunctions: Trucks have countless parts and pieces of equipment that allow them to haul heavy loads properly and safely. If equipment is defective in either design or assembly, the manufacturing company many be held responsible. If equipment malfunctions because it has not been properly inspected or maintained, the trucking or maintenance company may be liable.
- Improper cargo loading: Cargo must be loaded and secured in a specific manner to be safe. If cargo is off balance or comes unsecured, it can cause the trailer to sway, veer into other lanes, tip over, or even jackknife, all of which may cause serious accidents.
If you have been in a truck accident, you must nail down the cause of the accident and the party who was responsible. Prompt investigation is extremely important to preserve evidence, so you should not hesitate to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.