When a commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the results can be catastrophic, if not deadly.

Every 15 minutes, a person is killed or seriously injured in a commercial truck accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 300,000 truck accidents occur in the United States each year. In 2018, an estimated 4,136 individuals lost their lives in commercial truck crashes; 67% were occupants in passenger vehicles, 16% were truck occupants, and 15% were motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. 

What Are Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Commercial trucks present many dangers to smaller vehicles and their passengers. When a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, minor driving errors can lead to devastating results. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to secure load
  • Improper cargo loading
  • Poor employee training
  • Failed truck inspection

I Was Injured in a Truck Accident. Do I Have a Case?

If you were injured in a truck accident, an accident attorney with Hudgins Law Firm can help you determine the cause of your crash and help you build a solid legal claim.

In a truck accident claim, your attorney must be able to prove that negligence from any of the parties involved contributed to your accident to obtain compensation. In addition, the party at fault for your accident must have breached a duty, and you must have suffered damages. Without these two elements, you do not have a valid case. 

  • Breach of a Duty. All commercial truck drivers have the duty to drive safely, following the rules of the road and the government-imposed standards for their industry. If the driver doesn't follow these rules or standards, they have breached their duty and are negligent. 
  • Injuries and Damages. Negligence alone doesn't give an injury claim merit. In addition, you must suffer physical injuries that must cause you to incur provable damages. These damages can include but are not limited to medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. 

Who Is Liable?

While a thorough investigation of your truck accident is necessary to determine who is responsible, more than one party may be held liable for compensating you and other victims for your injuries and damages. In addition to the truck driver, the following parties could be held accountable:

  • Trucking company
  • Owner of the rig
  • Cargo shipper or loader
  • Manufacturer of the truck or parts
  • Maintenance contractors
  • Government contractors

If the investigation shows that several parties are liable for your damages, your lawyer will be able to maximize the compensation you receive for your accident.

Trust An Experienced Accident Attorney

If you suffer damages in a commercial truck accident, you might have many unanswered questions and some uncertainty. The attorneys at Hudgins Law Firm can answer your pressing questions and help protect your legal rights and options.

At Hudgins Law Firm, our sole responsibility is to YOU. We will fight for the compensation you deserve following an auto accident. We deal with insurance companies and take them to court if necessary. To set up a FREE consultation, call us toll-free at 800-950-5534, or complete the contact form on our website. We're the right team for you!