Author: Jeff Tormey, Esq., Tormey & McConnell
Truck accidents are epidemic across the nation, with over 140,000 people severely injured or killed in such incidents every single year. Though they account for only 3% of the total number of vehicular accidents, the damages they cause are catastrophic. Even worse, despite new laws and greater awareness of the dangers of these accidents, they’re on the rise, and up a full 1% per year over the past 20 years.
When you are injured in such a life-changing accident, it can get very complex to pursue the damages you deserve, because of the many parties involved and the various potential contributory causes. Read about the many different potential truck accident causes, why they tend to make pursuing injury cases so complex, and how a truck accident attorney can help.
Truck Accident Causes
There is a broad range of potential truck accident causes that can contribute to the accident you have suffered. These causes can greatly complicate the process of pursuing your case. For example, the cause could well be a driver who is distracted, exhausted, or even intoxicated.
It could be that the brakes go out, or there’s a tire blowout because the maintenance crew didn’t properly inspect the truck. It’s also possible that a faulty part causes the truck to go out of control. Sometimes, the cargo might shift because it was improperly loaded or secured.
The question you might ask yourself is how this complicates your case.
Uncovering the Parties Involved
The reason this becomes problematic is that each potential cause can also bring in additional responsible parties. Even if the accident is the fault of the driver, the trucking company may still be responsible. The law states that in an accident involving a truck that bears a trucking company’s name, either on the truck or on the driver’s placard, the company can bear partial responsibility.
In addition, if the maintenance crew didn’t inspect the truck, they can hold responsibility. If the cargo is loaded badly, the shipping company or loading company can bear the blame. If the accident is due to a part that was faulty, even the parts manufacturer can be liable.
Compensation and Passing the Buck
With so many potential parties involved, it opens the door to significant compensation for the injuries you suffered, but it also creates a situation where a lot of people are arguing about who holds the most blame. Everyone will try to shift the blame to everyone else, and eventually, they’ll often turn on the victim, too.
They’ll claim you’re not that badly hurt, that you’re not hurt at all, and even that you were the one who caused the accident. To get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost quality of life and lost relationships, you need someone who can fight for you, remind everyone who is to blame and who the victim is in the scenario.
Call an Injury Attorney
If you’re having trouble nailing down the truck accident causes and responsible parties in your injury case, call Stewart Bell Injury Lawyers. We’ve spent years fighting for the rights of our clients and we can help you. Call us for a free consultation today.
About The Author
Jeff Tormey is a truck accident lawyer in Amarillo, Texas and also frequently works personal injury cases related to car accidents, oilfield accidents, and wrongful death. Jeff currently serves as a managing partner at Tormey & McConnell, one of North Texas’ leading personal injury law firms. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law as well as the University of Wisconsin, and has been practicing personal injury law since 1995.