Truck accident lawsuits are often significantly more complex that cases involving passenger car accidents. The following are some common questions that truck accident victims—or anyone else—may have regarding truck accident cases. These are only a few questions you may have, and if you have been in an accident, you should always contact an experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer as soon as possible for help.

What exactly is a commercial truck?

Commercial trucks are vehicles meant to transport passengers, goods, or other supplies. The types of commercial vehicles regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) include 18 wheelers, semi-trucks, flatbed trucks, tanker trucks, busses, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, dump trucks, and more. Commercial trucks may weigh up to 80,000 pounds, compared to passenger vehicles that weigh on average 3,000 pounds.

What commonly causes truck accidents?

Truck accidents may occur for many different reasons, however some common ones include the following:

  • Driver fatigue

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Driver inexperience

  • Aggressive driving

  • Distracted driving

  • Other driver errors

  • Improper cargo loading, such as overloading or not securing cargo

  • Inadequate maintenance or inspections

  • Defective manufacturing

  • Adverse weather conditions

Who can be held responsible for a truck accident?

The answer to this question depends on the circumstances surrounding each particular case. However, commonly responsible parties include the driver, trucking company, truck maintenance crew, cargo loaders, and the truck manufacturer. An attorney can help you determine who was responsible in your particular case.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident lawyer for a free consultation

The above are only a few examples of questions you may have following a truck accident. In order to get accurate answers to every question, you should not delay in contacting an experienced truck accident attorney at Shane Smith Law. We offer free consultations to discuss a possible case and can walk you through every step of the legal process. Do not hesitate to call Shane Smith Law today at (980) 246-2656

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