What Are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

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Trucks can result in serious injuries and deaths when they collide with smaller vehicles. That’s why it’s important to know the potential causes of truck accidents and who needs to be held accountable when negligence leads to a crash. If you or a loved one were hurt in a crash, a Prince George’s County truck accident lawyer from our firm would like to help you seek out compensation.

What Can Contribute to or Cause Truck Accidents?

There are many potential causes of truck accidents. Some can be blamed on a driver, others can be blamed on a trucking company or even a cargo owner. There could be multiple factors that contribute to an accident and multiple liable parties who should be sued for compensation. Common contributors to truck crashes include:

  • Poor driver training
  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Bad weather

What Are Some Common Injuries in Truck Accidents?

Because trucks are so large and heavy, the injuries caused by these kinds of collisions are often quite serious. Truck accidents can result in:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Scarring and disfigurement

People often pass away due to their injuries or end up suffering from medical issues for a long time, if not for the rest of their lives. We can help you sue for compensation or wrongful death damages.

What Should Victims Do After Truck Accidents?

It’s important to start building your case right away when you get hurt in a truck accident. If possible, you should:

  • Take pictures of the accident scene
  • Get photos of the damage to any involved vehicles
  • Call the police so that they can make a report
  • Get medical care as soon as possible

It’s important to get medical care right away. You need to get an accurate appraisal of your injuries. You could end up making injuries more serious if you delay care. The insurance company may also try to use this against you. If you wait to go to a doctor or hospital, the defense could attempt to argue that you were not seriously hurt in the truck accident. They could also say that you got the injuries elsewhere at some point after the crash and that you are just trying to blame this truck driver.

Do I Need an Attorney?

The next step is contacting an attorney. A case like this can have multiple liable parties to go after. Proving negligence on your own can be tough, but our lawyers can help you build a case while you focus on your recovery. We will do the fighting and negotiating for compensation on your behalf.

Talk to an Experienced Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one got hurt in a truck accident, contact McCarthy, Winkelman & Mester, L.L.P. to schedule your free case consultation. We would be happy to tell you more about your legal options and what our team can do to help you.

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