Chod Law, LLC Representing Victims of Trucking Accidents
Accidents involving semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers, are among the most dangerous and pose the greatest threat to other motorists and pedestrians. Due to their sheer size and weight, the vast majority of truck accidents result in serious – if not fatal – injuries. Though both truck drivers and the companies they work for have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care on our roads and highways, most collisions involving large trucks including semis, tractor-trailers, dump trucks, and fuel tankers are the result of the negligence of the driver or the trucking company. Speeding, driving under the influence, fatigue, and overloaded cargo beds are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents.
Factors Contributing to Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can happen for various reasons. While there are certain times when a trucking accident occurs due to no fault of either party, the majority of truck accidents are the direct result of negligence on either the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or both. Truck drivers work grueling schedules and are expected to deliver their cargo within certain time deadlines. These pressures can result in unsafe driver work practices such as speeding, erratic lane changes to pass through traffic, and the use of alcohol or illicit substances, all of which can and do lead to serious accidents and injuries. If a trucking company fails to maintain vehicles in a safe condition, fails to properly train its drivers, fails to maintain certain records mandated by federal law, or allows overloaded trucks to be operated over the road, these acts constitute negligence under the law.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Drug Use
- Failure to Stop
- Weaving Through Traffic
- Brake Problems
- Inadequate Surveillance
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
The unfortunate reality is that accidents involving large commercial vehicles with passenger vehicles, motorcycles or pedestrians often result in life-threatening injuries including fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, and third degree burns. A staggering 75-80% of truck accident fatalities involve the driver of the passenger vehicle. In the wake of a tragic accident when least expected surviving victims and their loved ones are left in turmoil and their lives immediately forever changed.
Chod Law, LLC is dedicated to helping individuals who have been involved in truck accidents caused by the negligent acts of the truck driver or trucking company. We are committed to protecting our clients’ rights and will seek the maximum possible recovery for all harms and losses sustained.