The vast majority of truck drivers are responsible, skilled professionals who perform an important duty in our economy. They keep our grocery store shelves stocked. They deliver logs, fuel, dairy and numerous other resources and products we use in daily life. They deliver packages and move motor vehicles. These are just a few of the functions of trucking operations. But some truck drivers shirk their duty to other motorists by driving carelessly, dangerously or recklessly.
Tractor-trailers are sometimes involved in catastrophic accidents in Phenix City and areas across the country. Sometimes it's not necessarily the fault of the driver, but can be linked to the trucking company or another party. On the other hand, sometimes it is a truck driver's careless actions that lead to these devastating wrecks.
Negligence-Related Causes of Semi-Truck Crashes
There are virtually innumerable ways a semi-truck crash may occur. Our attorneys know how to review the details of your case to determine the cause and fault. For example, common causes we see in these cases include:
- Fatigued truck driver
- Drunk or drugged truck driver
- Distracted truck driver
- Overloaded truck cargo
- Unbalanced truck cargo
- Unrealistic delivery schedules
- Violations of hours-of-service regulations
- Inadequately trained truck drivers
- Improper truck driver hiring practices
You can think of negligence as carelessness. Any motorist – including professional truckers – can cause a crash when they are careless in their duties to drive safely. When it involves a tractor-trailer, the resulting damage is just about always catastrophic because of the rig's size and weight.
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What To Do If You Suspect Negligence Played a Role
You may have a case against the responsible party, if you believe their negligence was the cause of the crash. Our experienced attorneys can determine who caused the accident and let you know what your options are for pursuing compensation. Potentially liable parties include:
- Truck drivers
- Company responsible for hiring and training truck drivers
- Company responsible for maintaining the truck
- Company that manufactured truck parts
- Crew that loaded the truck cargo
Most trucking operations are protected by powerful, savvy insurance companies. If you were injured in this type of crash, the insurance company may work swiftly. They may try to place the blame for the accident with you, or they may try to get you to accept a settlement offer quickly, before you've gotten a chance to contact an attorney.
Call our attorneys as soon as possible if you've been involved in a truck crash. After reviewing the details of the accident, we can determine if you are eligible to pursue maximum compensation from the at-fault party. We work tirelessly to obtain the best possible results for our clients, which may include full and fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys in Alabama and Georgia
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident in Alabama or Georgia, including Phenix City, Fort Benning or Columbus, please contact the Law Offices of Gary Bruce to request a complimentary consultation.