Cleveland Truck Accident Lawyers
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Commercial vehicles are huge and heavy. Because of this, if a semi-truck collides with a passenger vehicle, serious injury or even death can result. Under personal injury law, if you were in an accident but were not at fault for causing it, you may be entitled to seek compensation for damages you sustained. A fair and just financial payout can help cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain/suffering. But effectively navigating this type of case can be complicated because many factors come into play, and you must identify the liable party to ensure you file a claim against the correct person or entity.
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, our team can guide you through the complexities of your case. Recognizing the impacts the matter can have on you and your family, we deliver compassionate counsel every step of the way. Our Cleveland truck accident lawyers will be available to you 24/7, ready to answer your questions and provide clear explanations of the process and your legal options. At the same time, we can provide the aggressive representation you need to hold the at-fault party financially responsible. When you turn to us, you can trust that you will have an advocate on your side focused on your best interests and committed to protecting your rights.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
The trucking industry is highly regulated by the federal government. Truckers, trucking companies, and any other entity that has a role in having cargo shipped across the country must adhere to these regulations. Unfortunately, not all do, and their negligence can lead to accidents that have life-altering consequences.
18-wheeler accidents can arise for several reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Driver error: As with any other motorist, big-rig drivers must operate their vehicles safely. However, some commercial truck drivers might engage in speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, or other unsafe behaviors. When they do so, they can lose control of their trucks and cause accidents.
- Poor vehicle maintenance: Mechanics are responsible for ensuring that the truck is adequately maintained. Failure to properly check all parts and systems could lead to a malfunction that compromises the driver’s ability to control the vehicle.
- Improper cargo load: Big rigs carry large items, heavy items, and sometimes hazardous items. To prevent the materials from shifting during transport, they must be loaded and secured properly. Regulations typically specify how cargo should be loaded into the truck. If the shipper or cargo loader did not adhere to these requirements or was otherwise negligent in securing the items, uneven weight distribution may make it difficult for the driver to control the truck, which can result in an accident.
- Inadequate or no training: Generally, the trucking company that employs the driver is responsible for ensuring they know how to operate the vehicle safely. If it fails to provide proper training and the driver is in a situation requiring deft maneuvers, they might not know how to respond and engage in behaviors that endanger others' safety.
- Poor supervision: Semi-truck drivers can only work a certain number of hours per day and must take rest stops throughout the drive. However, some companies might be lax in enforcing these requirements and let their drivers work beyond what is allowed. This can result in fatigue, and a tired driver behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle can weave into other lanes, drive into oncoming traffic, or engage in other dangerous behaviors.
Who's At-Fault for a Big-Rig Accident?
Although the semi-truck driver might have caused an accident, they're not necessarily the one (or not the only one) who could be liable for damages. Any party with a hand in maintaining the vehicle, loading it, or supervising the driver can be considered responsible for the collision.
Depending on the circumstances, in a commercial truck accident case, a claim can be filed against:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- The shipper/cargo loader
- The maintenance company
- The parts manufacturer
To establish fault and seek maximum compensation for damages, it's essential to know what caused the accident. At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, our team can investigate your case to determine who is responsible. We will review all logs, reports, and records to see where errors or negligence occurred. In some matters, it may be necessary to hire an accident reconstruction expert to better understand how the collision occurred. You can be confident that our Cleveland truck accident lawyers will do whatever it takes to work toward obtaining a fair financial recovery on your behalf.
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