Truck Accident Attorneys
Large Commercial Truck Accidents
Every year, thousands of innocent people are injured or killed in collisions with semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 150,000 people were injured and just under 5,000 were killed in large truck accidents in the United States in 2020. The vast majority of people injured or killed in these collisions were not the truck occupants but, rather, other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians.
We are relentless in our pursuit of compensation and will not back down from even the toughest of fights. Our truck accident attorneys know how to take on powerful trucking companies, insurance providers, manufacturers, and other liable parties—and we have what it takes to win. To date, we have recovered more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients; find out how our team can help you seek the full, fair compensation you are owed.
After a devastating truck accident, contact Mike Slocumb Law Firm at (888) 302-3669 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Although they receive extensive training, truck drivers are susceptible to making the same mistakes as any other motorist on the road. Truck driver error or negligence is often revealed to be the cause of a serious or even deadly accident.
Some common examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Driving too fast for current conditions
- Distracted driving, including texting/using a cellphone
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Disobeying hours-of-service regulations
- Violating traffic laws
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Running red lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices
- Making unsafe or illegal turns and other driving maneuvers
- Stopping suddenly
- Following too closely
- Violating trucking company policy
However, truck driver negligence is not the only cause of semi-truck, big rig, and other large commercial vehicle accidents. In fact, there are often numerous underlying causes, many of which can be traced back to the trucking company, a vehicle manufacturer, or some other third party.
In addition to truck driver error and negligence, some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Negligent trucking company practices, such as failing to conduct background checks on new drivers, inadequate training, and pressuring drivers to meet strict quotas or deadlines
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo or freight, leading to shifting cargo or freight during transit and loss of vehicle control
- Failure to conduct routine truck maintenance or failure to conduct adequate or proper truck maintenance and/or repairs
- Defective trucks and truck parts, such as tires that “blowout” while the truck is in motion, brakes that lock up, and engine components that fail
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys carefully evaluate all available evidence to identify the cause(s) of an accident. Our investigations often involve reviewing hours-of-service logs, maintenance records, employment records, and electronic/black box data to obtain a clear and full picture of what occurred. We also work alongside industry experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists and economists, who help us determine exactly what happened, the extent of our client’s injuries and damages, and who is liable.
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As in most personal injury matters, identifying the liable party after a truck accident is a critical component of your claim. The liable person or entity is the one responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, in contrast to many auto accident cases, determining who is liable for a truck accident can be extremely complicated.
Because truck drivers are operating these vehicles on behalf of another party—the trucking company—they may not be directly responsible for an accident, even if they were clearly negligent. Instead, the trucking company (or another employer) could be liable for the truck driver’s error, negligence, or misconduct. This is generally true when a truck driver is classified as an “employee,” but it does not typically apply when a truck driver is considered to be an “independent contractor.”
To make matters more complex, there could be multiple underlying causes behind a truck accident. As a result, there could be multiple liable parties. For example, if a trucking company failed to comply with required truck inspections, causing it to fail to identify and correct a truck defect, both the trucking company and the manufacturer of the defect could be partially responsible for the resulting accident.
Generally speaking, any of the following parties could be partially or entirely liable for your truck accident:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s employer
- The trucking company
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The person or party responsible for conducting truck inspections and maintenance
- The company or entity responsible for carrying out truck repairs
- The person or party that loaded the truck’s cargo/freight
- Another motorist who behaved negligently or wrongfully
With multiple liable parties, there may also be multiple insurance companies involved. It is incredibly important that you work with a skilled and experienced truck accident attorney who can effectively protect your right to maximum compensation.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know how to not only identify the liable party or parties but also how to bring the most powerful possible case against them. Our aggressive approach has helped us recover numerous life-changing settlements and verdicts for our clients. Most importantly, it has allowed us to secure the justice these individuals and families needed to heal and move forward with their lives.
Trucking companies and their insurance providers are large, powerful entities with teams of defense attorneys on their side. You need someone equally as powerful fighting for you and the full, fair compensation you are owed.
All too often, insurance companies do everything they can to dispute accident claims. This is especially true in large truck accident cases, in which damages tend to be much higher. Even when the insurance company does accept your claim, it will likely drag its feet when it comes to paying you what you are owed. When you work with the team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery while we communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. We know how to make insurance companies pay, and we are ready to use all of our resources, experience, and skill to fight for the full amount you deserve.
We are aggressive when it comes to negotiating fair settlements for our clients, and we are always ready to take cases to court. As a client, you can expect to receive a high level of personalized attention from your legal team throughout the entire process. We are always happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide continual updates on the status of your case.
If you or someone you love was involved in a crash with a large commercial vehicle, contact our truck accident attorneys at (888) 302-3669 to find out how we can help. Hablamos español.