Trucking Accident Lawsuit

Trucking accidents are not mere collisions on the road; they are catastrophic events that can devastate victims and their families. The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks make them a force to be reckoned with. These machines are capable of causing extensive damage and life-altering injuries. A total of 5,788 people died in large-truck crashes in 2021. However, the majority of deaths in large-truck crashes involve occupants of other vehicles. At The Lake Law Firm, we understand the gravity of trucking accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you may qualify for a trucking accident lawsuit.  

Our firm has established itself as a trusted advocate for those affected by these tragic accidents. We stand ready to fight for fair compensation and the rights of victims. Call (888) 525-3529 or fill out the free case evaluation on this page to speak with a trucking accident lawyer today.   

Understanding Who Is Liable in a Trucking Accident Lawsuit 

Trucking accidents can occur due to various factors, and determining liability is crucial to pursuing a successful trucking accident lawsuit. Below, we will cover some common causes of trucking accidents. We will also discuss the potential parties responsible for these instances.  

Driver Fatigue 

Fatigue is a significant cause of trucking accidents. Truck drivers often face demanding schedules and may push themselves to meet strict delivery deadlines. This can lead to exhaustion and impaired driving. In cases of driver fatigue, the truck driver and their employer may be held liable for neglecting hours-of-service regulations and failing to ensure adequate rest breaks. 

Distracted Driving  

Distractions such as using mobile devices, eating, or even daydreaming can divert a truck driver’s attention from the road. In these cases, the driver could bear liability if they are an independent contractor. But if the driver is an employee of a trucking company, then the company may be held responsible.  

Improper Maintenance 

Neglected maintenance can result in mechanical failures that contribute to trucking accidents. Therefore, trucking companies must properly maintain their vehicles, including conducting regular inspections and repairs. The trucking company or maintenance personnel may be at fault if a mechanical failure is the cause of the accident.

Speeding and Reckless Driving  

Excessive speed and reckless driving significantly increase the risk of accidents. If a truck driver was speeding, driving aggressively, or violating traffic laws, they may be held personally liable for their actions or the trucking company that employs them.  

Inadequate Training 

Truck drivers must undergo specialized training to safely operate large commercial vehicles. If a trucking company fails to provide proper training or hires drivers without appropriate qualifications, they may share liability for accidents caused by the driver’s lack of skills or knowledge. 

Intoxication or Substance Abuse 

If a truck driver operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they can face criminal charges and be held liable for any resulting accidents. Additionally, a lawsuit can hold the trucking company accountable for failing to implement proper drug and alcohol testing programs or for negligently hiring a driver with a history of substance abuse. 

Improperly Loaded Cargo 

When workers do not load or secure cargo properly, it can shift during transit, leading to loss of control and accidents. In such cases, the responsibility for the accident may lie with the trucking company or the party responsible for loading and securing the cargo. 

Manufacturing or Design Defects 

In some cases, accidents may occur due to defects in the truck itself or its components. If a defect in the vehicle or its parts can be attributed to the manufacturer or designer, they may be held liable for the resulting accidents and injuries. 

Determining liability often requires a thorough investigation by skilled trucking accident attorneys. Liability may rest with the truck driver, the trucking company, the maintenance personnel, the cargo loaders, or even the manufacturer of the truck or its components. An experienced trucking accident attorney will assess the circumstances of your case to identify the responsible parties. From there, your attorney can assist you in filing a claim to hold them accountable for their negligence or wrongdoing. 

Injuries in Trucking Accident Lawsuits 

 The consequences of trucking accidents are often devastating, leaving victims and their families facing physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Due to the size disparity between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, occupants of smaller vehicles involved in trucking accidents are at significantly higher risk of severe injuries, including: 

 These injuries can require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care, resulting in overwhelming medical expenses. If a loved one died as the result of a trucking accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit 

Next Steps After Being in Trucking Accident 

If a trucking accident injured you, it’s important to take immediate steps to protect yourself and your legal rights. Consider the following: 

  1. Firstly, ensure your safety and the safety of others by moving to a safe location away from traffic. 
  2. Afterward, contact emergency services to report the accident. Then seek medical attention for any injuries, even if they seem minor at the time. 
  3. While at the scene, gather essential information, including the truck driver’s name, contact details, insurance information, and any eyewitness accounts. 
  4. Take photographs of the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, property damage, and any visible injuries.  
  5. Finally, reach out to an experienced trucking accident attorney as soon as possible to guide you through the legal process. 

Can a Trucking Accident Lawyer Help Me Recover Compensation? 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following: 

  • Past and future medical expenses; 
  • Past and future pain and suffering; 
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury. 

Trucking Accident Settlements and Verdicts 

Numerous trucking accident cases have resulted in significant settlements and verdicts, underscoring the profound consequences these accidents can have on victims. The following are just a few examples of verdicts in trucking accident lawsuits.   

  • In 2019, a Pennsylvania man rear-ended by an 18-wheeler truck received $14,272,000 
  • A Texas jury awarded $101 million to a man who allegedly suffered back and neck injuries after being rear-ended by a truck carrying fracking materials.  
  • In 2018, a California jury handed down a $52.84 million verdict to two brothers who sustained traumatic brain injuries when a big rig truck crossed a road’s centerline and hit their car head-on. 

Note that compensation in trucking accident cases can vary significantly based on the details of each case. Factors such as the severity of injuries, liability, and the strength of evidence all play a role in determining the compensation awarded. Consulting with an experienced trucking accident attorney is crucial to understanding the potential value of a claim based on individual circumstances and pursuing the most favorable outcome. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You 

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. A trucking accident lawyer will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.