With their enormous size and limited maneuverability, it doesn’t take much for an 18-wheeler to lose control. From hazardous road conditions to various forms of driver error, there are numerous factors that can cause dangerous collisions – and entitle collision victims to seek just compensation.
Our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and have helped numerous accident victims collect compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Based on our experience, the following are among the leading causes of 18-wheeler accidents that can support claims for financial recovery:
Truck driver negligence is easily among the most common factors in 18-wheeler accidents. Common truck driving mistakes that can lead to claims for financial compensation include:
Importantly, when a truck driver’s negligence leads to an accident, under Texas law the driver’s employer (i.e. the trucking company) will often hold financial responsibility. Learn more about establishing liability for 18-wheeler accidents.
Trucking company negligence is another leading cause of 18-wheeler accidents. Trucking companies regularly make poor back-office decisions that lead to on-the-road accidents and injuries. Common examples include:
Road and weather conditions will often play a role in 18-wheeler accidents as well. When road design and maintenance issues lead to accidents or drivers fail to account for slippery roads, accident victims will often have several potential sources of financial compensation.
Truck defects – including defective tires, brakes and cargo straps – are another common cause of 18-wheeler accidents. Faulty brake jobs and other maintenance issues can also lead to accidents, even when truck parts themselves are not defective.
Finally, it is important not to forget that truck drivers are not the only negligent drivers on the road. In fact, some truckers are very good at what they do. It may be the case that another driver collided with the 18-wheeler or cut it off in heavy traffic, leaving the truck driver with no room to avoid a dangerous collision.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident and you would like to find out if you have a claim for financial compensation, contact the 18-wheeler truck accident lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us at (800) 489-2216 or request an appointment online today.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.