What Are the Most Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents?

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Trucking accidents can be quite dangerous due to the size and weight of the trucks themselves. This is why the driver and anyone in charge of maintaining the safety of these vehicles need to take their jobs seriously. When they don’t, people can get hurt. If you or a loved one were injured in a crash with a truck, you may be owed compensation. A Prince George’s County truck accident lawyer can help you learn more about your legal options.

What Are Some Common Causes of Trucking Accidents?

There are a few common causes of trucking accidents, including:

  • Driving under the influence
  • A distracted driver
  • Speeding and reckless driving behaviors
  • Drowsy driving
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Negligent hiring by a trucking company
  • A failure to observe or enforce breaks for drivers
  • Poor weather conditions

Who Can Be Held Liable For Trucking Accidents?

What you may have noticed about these common causes of trucking accidents is that not all of them are related to the truck driver. In most car accident cases, if you end up suing you are going to sue the other driver. Truck accident cases can get a bit more complicated. There could be multiple liable parties, including:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck company
  • The inspector of the truck
  • A manufacturer of a truck part that failed
  • Another driver in a different vehicle

This is why it can be difficult to tackle a case like this on your own. An experienced personal injury attorney from our firm can take a close look at your case and help you find all of the potentially liable parties. Then they can help you build a case and hold anyone who contributed to your accident and injuries accountable.

How Long Will My Case Take?

It’s rare that a case like this will get settled overnight. Personal injury suits generally take a few months to settle, but they can also last a little over a year. This is why it’s a good idea to act quickly after an accident. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you could receive compensation that can help make up for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

You are not required to hire a lawyer, but one can do many things to help you with your personal injury case. An attorney from our firm can:

  • Gather evidence and build a compelling case
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
  • Answer your questions
  • Keep you updated about any progress in your case
  • Help you fight for fair compensation

Schedule an Appointment With Our Team

If you are thinking about pursuing damages after an accident, contact McCarthy, Winkelman & Mester, L.L.P. and schedule a consultation. This initial meeting is free of charge, so take the time to learn about the potential value of your case and what an attorney from our firm can do for you.

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