When a commercial truck crashes on Union City roads, it leaves wanton destruction in its wake. Thanks to a tractor-trailer’s size and shape, it can cause enormous damage at any speed—and those who collide with it are at risk of serious and fatal injuries. Victims of tractor-trailer accidents often have a long road to recovery, and some never fully recover from their injuries.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, don’t wait too long to find out about your legal options. At The Stein Firm, we’ll look over the details of your case and help you with your next steps. Call us at 770-824-3107 to set up a time to meet with our team now.
Truck Accidents—A Serious Risk on Union City Roads
Truck driving is a highly regulated field, and the vast majority of truck drivers are safe and cautious operators who take minimal risks. But when they drive unsafely, while fatigued, or while impaired, they can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
Although truck accidents make up a small portion of all traffic collisions, they are more likely than other types of crashes to result in fatalities. While they account for 5% of all registered vehicles, tractor-trailers are involved in 9% of fatal crashes. After hitting a low of 3,211 fatal crashes in 2009, numbers have only increased over the years. In 2021, they reached a high of 5,700 fatal collisions. Injury-causing crashes have increased in a similar fashion in the same timeframe.
Injuries Caused by Truck Collisions
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh dozens of times more than a standard passenger vehicle, putting the occupants of smaller vehicles at grave risk. Injuries vary widely depending on the type of crash, the speed of both vehicles and the position of the occupant within the vehicle. Some commonly reported injuries include:
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Ruptured organs and internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
A victim’s injuries may also be affected by what the truck was carrying at the time of the accident. For example, a truck that is at its maximum load size will generally cause far more serious injuries than a truck carrying a smaller load. A truck carrying hazardous chemicals can put accident victims at risk of fire burns and chemical burns.
Who’s At Fault in a Truck Accident?
Determining liability is a key step in fighting for compensation after a collision. However, a number of parties may be to blame for a crash, including:
- Truck driver: If the truck driver was under the influence, took unnecessary risks, or drove while fatigued, they may be at fault for the accident. However, if they were employed by a trucking company when the crash occurred, the company will likely be liable for any subsequent injury claims.
- Trucking company: Trucking companies have been known to cut corners and push drivers past their limits in order to get loads done on time. Unfortunately, this has had a negative impact on safety outcomes. Companies may be at fault when they force drivers to drive in violation of federal regulations, skip vehicle inspections, or hire unsafe drivers.
- Truck manufacturer: When a truck is inherently unsafe, any accidents it’s involved in may be the fault of the manufacturer.
- Cargo loaders: Cargo must be carefully balanced and loaded to avoid collisions. When a truck is overloaded or unbalanced, the parties responsible for loading the cargo may be held accountable for a crash.
Evidence Used in Truck Accident Claims
Truck accidents create a substantial amount of evidence. When you work with a truck accident lawyer in Union City, you can count on their knowledge to guide you through this process. They must be able to utilize your evidence effectively to hold the negligent party liable.
Truck accidents have the same types of evidence as other collisions, including photos and videos of the crash scene, physical debris, eyewitness statements, and expert witness testimony. Beyond that, though, there are other types of evidence that can strengthen your case. The FMCSA requires almost all commercial trucks to have electronic logging devices, and many ELDs have a wealth of information stored on them. Additionally, the truck driver may maintain trucking logs that further prove potential hours-of-service violations and inspection issues.
Your attorney may also want to look into the trucking company’s communication with drivers and their hiring protocols. If a trucking company puts pressure on drivers to violate hours-of-service regulations, skip inspections in order to make a trip on time, or otherwise drive unsafely, that can be damning evidence against them. The same is true if their hiring protocols were lax enough to allow them to hire unqualified drivers.
How the Team at The Stein Firm Can Help You
We have seen the catastrophic damage a truck accident can cause—and we’ve seen how trucking companies and their legal teams will do anything to avoid a fair payout. You deserve better, especially when you are healing from the physical and mental injuries caused by the accident.
While you focus on healing, we will tackle the legal side of your accident. From determining the liable party and gathering evidence to navigating negotiations and taking your case to court, we will take care of everything. Our team is here to answer your questions, provide you with regular updates, and help you better understand your options every step of the way. Let us use our decades of personal injury experience to advocate for you.
Reach Out Today and Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
When you are ready to move forward with your truck accident case in Union City, our team is standing by and waiting to help. Set up a consultation now to learn more about your legal options and get started—just call us at 770-824-3107 or fill out our online contact form to have a team member reach out to you.