With the number of semitrailers out on Texas roads every day, it is not uncommon to hear of trucking accidents that have fatal results. If a truck accident is responsible for the loss of your loved one, it is likely that you are dealing with a significant amount of emotional and financial stress. Thankfully, this is a burden you may not have to shoulder alone, and it doesn’t have to bury you financially.
Anyone who has seen a crash involving a semitrailer knows just how much damage they can do. There is a reason that fatalities are often the result of such incidents. The size and weight of most of these vehicles can crush just about every other automobile with which they share the road.
What are the common causes of truck accidents?
Motor vehicle accidents happen for a number of reasons. When it comes to collisions involving semitrailers, obstructed views seem to be the biggest culprit. While it is widely known that truck drivers deal with large blind spots, failure to see other vehicles does not excuse them from responsibility if a crash occurs.
The other common causes of big rig accidents include:
- Poor training
- Drug and/or alcohol impairment
- Unrealistic delivery schedules
There are federal regulations that truck drivers and their employers are supposed to follow in order prevent these issues. Unfortunately, regulation violations occur frequently, and accidents often result.
A fatal truck accident can devastate one’s financial position. Funeral costs, lost income and benefits, and medical expenses prior to death can be considerable. If you decide to seek compensation for your losses, it will be necessary to prove that the truck driver, his or her employer, or both acted negligently. To do this, you will have to provide information that shows that the defendant:
- Had a responsibility to exercise care
- Failed in that responsibility
- Caused the plaintiff to sustain damages.
Gathering the information to prove these three points usually requires careful investigation by an accident reconstruction professional.
Get help filing and litigating your claim
If you have lost a loved one in a collision with a commercial hauler, you are well within your right to question liability. If you suspect negligence of any sort by the driver or his or her employer, you may have legal recourse. An experienced attorney can review the facts of your case take legal action on your behalf. If litigation proves successful, the court may award you compensation for any documented economic and non-economic losses.