A commercial truck accident case may require filing claims against multiple parties, including:
- Truck driver. The trucker’s negligence or recklessness may have caused the accident. Truckers too often drive when they are fatigued, distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs). They also drive aggressively by speeding or tailgating. Any of these practices can lead to a crash.
- Trucking company. The carrier who employs a truck driver may be held liable for the driver’s negligence. Of course, a trucking company’s own wrongful conduct may contribute to a crash. Some companies push drivers to violate regulations in order to make deadlines. Some hire drivers who lack proper training or have a history of violations and accidents. Carriers may also fail to properly inspect and maintain their trucks.
- Cargo owners or handlers. Cargo shifts can abruptly change the balance of a large truck and cause it to roll over or force the driver to lose control and crash. Cargo shifts typically occur because cargo is not properly loaded and secured. Some carriers load their own cargo. However, many companies and independent truckers rely on contractors or other parties to package and/or load truck cargo. Whoever mishandled cargo that contributes to a truck accident can be held accountable.
- Truck or truck parts manufacturers or distributors. Many parts and systems must work together in order for a truck to safely travel on the highway, including brakes, tires, steering and lighting components. An investigation may reveal that a faulty truck or one of its parts caused an accident. A product liability claim would seek compensation from a manufacturer or distributor.
It takes a sophisticated investigation to uncover what caused a truck accident, including gathering and analyzing driver logs and other detailed trucking records. An investigation may require obtaining a court order to gain access to the truck’s “black box” recorder, which can provide details about the truck’s speed, steering, movement and braking just prior to the wreck. We may also depose the trucker, trucking company officials and others involved in the wreck.
At Buckman & Buckman, we often work with forensic specialists who can recreate truck accidents. Through principles of engineering and physics, they can determine and explain in detail how and why a semi-truck crash occurred.
Our goal will be to identify all factors that contributed to your truck accident and all compensation you may be entitled to receive. Rest assured, we will look at every angle in your case.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Want to Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision caused by a large commercial truck, contact Buckman & Buckman today. Large truck accidents require immediate investigation in order to ensure that crucial evidence is preserved. We can start work on your case right away.
When you work with Buckman & Buckman, you will immediately see what is different about our law firm. You will speak directly with a lawyer about your case – not a paralegal or case manager. You will see that we go the extra mile to help our clients to get back on their feet.
We work with clients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, North Port and throughout Florida. Get in touch with us today and tell us what happened to you. We will review your case for free and with no further obligation from you. Contact a Buckman & Buckman attorney now
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