Causes of Truck Accidents – Charleston, WV Attorney

Tractor trailers, big rigs and 18-wheelers are names that apply to commercial trucks that may weigh up to 80,000 lbs. fully loaded. These workhorses supply most of the goods and supplies to stores and warehouses across the country. While the majority of drivers abide by the regulations that are set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a number of drivers do not, resulting in accidents that cause severe injury and death to other motorists and innocent passengers and pedestrians. If you were injured by a truck or other commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and property damage. It is important to discuss your case with a qualified and experienced West Virginia truck accident attorney. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC represents injured victims and the families of deceased truck accident victims. A complimentary case review is available to help you understand how to proceed and what to expect.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

There are a many causes of truck accidents. Primarily, the cause of an accident may rest with the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle itself. If the driver is not driving in accordance with the rules of the road, the chances of an accident increase. Similarly, if the vehicle is improperly maintained, an accident may easily occur. Some of the causes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Driver distraction – includes cellphone talking, texting, eating and drinking, reaching for an item in the cab or other distraction
  • Speeding – many accidents are caused when the driver exceeds the posted speed limit
  • Brake failure – brakes must be constantly checked and maintained for optimum performance.
  • Tire failure – tires shred, blow, puncture, fall off the wheel; improperly inflated, improperly installed
  • Inferior, subpar tires – tires that are retreaded, bald, or of improper tread depth cause accidents
  • Driver fatigue – driver drives more hours than allowed by regulations
  • Driver failure – drivers that are improperly trained or unable to make the appropriate driver decisions get into accidents
  • Overloaded cargo – cargo needs to be loaded properly, with even weight distribution, otherwise there can be shifting that results in truck spills, resulting in accidents and pileups
  • Other – ask your attorney
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Failure to signal
  • Overloaded truck
  • Sudden stopping
  • Aggressive and careless driving
  • Failing to properly maintain overall condition of truck
  • Other – ask your attorney

Liable Parties and Compensation for Truck Injuries

If you were injured in a commercial truck accident that was caused by the negligence of the truck driver or by a truck that was defective or improperly maintained, various individuals and concerns may be liable for damages, including:

  • Truck driver
  • Truck owner
  • Truck management company
  • Service provider
  • Parts manufacturer if defective part caused the accident
  • Cargo loading company
  • Other – ask your attorney

In a personal injury claim, the injured victim may seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and property damage, which means that your vehicle may be repaired or replaced (fair market value). If a loved one lost their life, specified family survivors may seek certain economic and non-economic compensation, including funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost future earnings, and more. Ask your Charleston, WV injury attorney.

Complimentary Consultation with West Virginia Truck Accident Attorney

Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is a premier West Virginia personal injury law firm in Charleston that staunchly protects the rights of injured victims. If you were injured in commercial truck accident that was caused by the negligence of the truck driver or by an impaired or defective truck, you are advised to speak to an attorney to understand your rights and what to expect if you wish to proceed in a personal injury lawsuit. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC has been representing victims for more than twenty years in Charleston and throughout the state of West Virginia. They will conduct a thorough review of the facts of your case and review and safeguard crucial evidence. Driver information will be obtained and reviewed, witnesses will be interviewed and if surveillance footage exists, it will be sought and obtained. We work with accident reconstruction engineers and other experts to build and support your case. There are no fees unless we win or settle your case. To schedule your complimentary case review, contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC at (304) 720-6700.

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