Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Determining Liability in Trucking AccidentsTrucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. Furthermore, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise […]

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Trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. Furthermore, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes.According to 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2009.Like motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents can occur as a result of a variety of factors. Most trucking accidents are caused by driver error, and fatigue and sleep deprivations are the leading contributors to such error. Another common cause is equipment failure, which might occur in the form of brake failure due to improper maintenance, tire blowouts as a result of wear and tear, defective lighting, or an improperly attached trailer. Other factors can also contribute to trucking accidents, including adverse weather, road conditions, and traffic signal failure.Determining liability in trucking-related accidents can be much more complicated than doing so for everyday motor vehicle accidents. Large trucks are not always owned by their driver, or even the company for which are hauling cargo. As a result, multiple parties may need to be included to determine their role in the accident. …

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