Answering Your Questions Concerning Commercial Vehicle Collisions
Thousands of people are injured or killed each year in accidents involving commercial trucks, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Our lawyers at Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, address some of the questions you may have if you or a family member is impacted in a large truck accident.
Q: How Are Truck Accidents Different From Car Crashes?
A. Semis weigh many times more than your family car, meaning a collision with a tractor-trailer can be catastrophic. It also means that you and your passengers are at a higher risk for severe injury, which can leave you permanently disabled.
Q: What Are The Most Common Hazards Associated With Commercial Trucks?
A. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents are often caused by the following:
- Fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel
- Distracted or inattentive driving
- Speeding or following another vehicle too closely
- Brake problems or mechanical failure
- Suffering a heart attack or another medical emergency
- Traffic congestion or encountering a previous collision
Other hazards you may face include a truck driver’s inexperience, improper training or unfamiliarity with the road. A trucker may also be under the influence of alcohol or medication that affects his or her driving ability.
Q: Who Is Liable In A Truck Accident?
A. There can be several parties held liable in a truck accident, depending on what caused it. The truck driver may have acted in a negligent manner, the trucking company may have encouraged the driver to ignore federal regulations, or the truck may not have been properly maintained by a company hired to perform the work.
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After a truck crash, it is important to obtain representation from an experienced personal injury attorney who isn’t intimidated by powerful insurance companies into settling a case. Call our Cincinnati, Ohio, number at 513-721-1077, our Dayton location at 937-531-7999 or our Kentucky office at 859-547-3334 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also fill out our online form. With multiple offices in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, we can meet with you at a place and time that are most convenient for you.