For the most part, truck accidents are often earth-shattering and result in extensive injuries. In some cases, it may be that the trucker was at fault. However, that’s not always the case. A small car could dart in front of a big wheeler. Likewise, another driver might run into the side or rear of a tractor-trailer. Obviously, the scenarios are endless and must be investigated.
Notwithstanding, there are a number of times when the truck driver may be at fault. As is the case with any motor vehicle operator, a tractor-trailer driver could misjudge a turn or not see another vehicle. As a result, one or more of those involved could suffer severe injuries. In some circumstances, the weight of an uncontrolled truck could even cause it to tip over.
Special Regulations for Big Rig Operators
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the trucking industry with the aim of keeping all passengers and drivers safe. Although the majority of truck drivers and trucking companies follow these rules, there are some that do not. Among the most hazardous factors that contribute to truck accidents are:
- Excessive Speed;
- Improper maintenance or repair of eighteen-wheeler or other truck;
- Unsecured loads or overloaded trailers;
- Driver fatigue;
- Distracted truck drivers;
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to keep tractor-trailer under control
At the Ocean County Law Offices of DiFrancia & Price P.C., we investigate the circumstances of every accident claim involving a truck, whether it is as small as a box truck or an eighteen-wheeler.
As you know, there are times that a truck accident can result in fatalities. Too often, the size and weight of a truck represent a deadly force. Our attorneys will evaluate the incident and provide you with legal advice concerning a wrongful death claim.