Causes of Truck Accidents
As truck accident cases can pose several unique difficulties during the personal injury claim process, it is essential that you work with an attorney who has insight into the many possible causes of truck accidents. Personal injury claims are vigorously defended against by trucking companies, and they utilize their resources and legal teams to do everything in their power to deflect claims of negligence. This is why Stern Law Group personally analyzes each unique claim on a case-by-case basis, working to determine all of your possible options and the best approach that will build the strongest claim. Our firm's efforts are focused on establishing the extent of negligence and how the truck accident occurred.
There are many causes of truck accidents, but the majority of truck-involved accidents can be attributed to driver carelessness or negligence. Unlike cases of car accidents, truck accidents also carry with them the added element of potentially numerous federal regulation violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establishes and enforces many federal laws with which the trucking industry must comply. We use our familiarity with these regulations to determine if trucking companies failed to meet federal requirements, which can place clear and convincing liability on them to compensate you fairly for the injuries and damages you suffered.
Truck Driver Negligence
Driver error and negligence are among the most common causes of truck accidents. While some of these mistakes may be genuine errors, others involve incredibly careless actions that endanger the lives of others. Some examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Reckless and aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Tired driving
- Unsafe speeds
- Distracted driving, including texting accidents
- Failure to signal or be aware of surroundings
- Driving without proper qualifications or training
Stern Law Group has worked numerous truck accident cases in which truck driver negligence was the primary factor in causing an injury accident. Our ability to act quickly, our thorough investigations into the background and driving behavior of the driver, and our willingness to leave no stone unturned allow us to determine whether truck driver negligence played a role in your case.
Failure to Meet Federal Regulations
As the FMCSA's main objective is to keep the roads and highways free from the devastating effects of trucking accidents, the agency imposes strict regulations and laws that are sternly enforced. Some of the common causes of truck accidents involve the failure of both companies and truckers to meet FMCSA requirements. Examples of these laws include:
Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their drivers. They are also required by law to ensure that their drivers are drug and alcohol free. In addition, they must provide adequate safety and driver training.
Hours of Service
Hours-of-service regulations have become a prominent concern in the trucking industry. As overworked and tired drivers pose serious threats to others on the road, the FMCSA enforces many regulations concerning the amount of time that a driver is permitted to be behind the wheel and on duty, as well as strict requirements for time off. Trucking companies are also required to maintain extensive documentation of drivers' working hours, which our firm can access and use to support your claim.
Unsafe vehicles, defective or malfunctioning auto parts, and other dangerous truck conditions are a common factor in causing truck accidents. This is why the FMCSA has created numerous vehicle regulations, including requirements for the upkeep and maintenance of a company's fleet, weight limitations, and routine driver vehicle safety checks.
Whether truck driver negligence or a trucking company's failure to meet federal laws contributed to your truck accident, you can be sure that our effective and aggressive legal team has the skills and work ethic to clearly establish the cause of the accident. With strong support for your claim, our attorneys can focus on fighting against the resources of trucking and insurance companies to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated.
Full Support for Truck Accident Victims
The high potential for serious injuries places a great deal of urgency on truck accident cases. At Stern Law Group, we do not delay in learning the details of your situation and working immediately on your best and strongest approach to a claim. With more than 150 years of combined legal experience, our firm has helped thousands of accident victims and families recover the expenses and compensation they deserve.
If you need a firm that is not afraid to take on large trucking companies, then you need Stern Law Group. Contact our firm today to request a free consultation with a Houston truck accident lawyer.