Any type of traffic accident can be traumatic, but especially those involving large trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a large truck as one that weighs over 10,000 pounds, but large 18-wheelers can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. Most four-door cars weigh between 2,500 and 4,000 pounds, which helps you understand why a collision involving a large truck and a vehicle can be so devastating.
Truck accidents often lead to more serious injuries and a greater number of legal complications than other traffic accidents. Because of this, it’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you have been injured in a truck accident.
Identifying the Liable Parties in a Truck Accident
One of the most challenging aspects of a truck accident case is determining who is liable for your injuries. In a car accident, the blame can usually be placed on one of the drivers involved in the accident. However, there are other parties that may be liable if a truck is involved.
Truck drivers can be held liable if the accident was caused by driver error, intoxication, or distracted driving.
Truck Driver’s Employer
In most cases, the truck driver’s employer will be held liable if the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident. Employers can also be held liable if the accident was caused by overscheduling the driver or not providing enough training to the driver. Trucking companies are also required to inspect trucks on a regular basis. If the failure to properly inspect a truck leads to an accident, the employer could be held liable.
If a defective part on the truck was to blame for the accident, the manufacturer of this part could be held liable for your injuries.
If a truck accident was caused by road hazards that should have been repaired, you may be able to hold the city, county, or state liable for your injuries.
Figuring out why the accident occurred can be challenging, especially if the trucking company is trying to shift blame onto you. Although there are many federal regulations that are designed to prevent truck accidents, many trucking companies and drivers fail to comply with these rules. If you have been injured in a truck accident, let an experienced personal injury attorney begin investigating the cause of the accident right away.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
You may suffer more serious injuries in a truck accident than you would if you had collided with another vehicle. Some of the most common injuries include:
Spinal Cord Injuries
If the spinal cord is impacted, compacted, or stretched due to the force of the impact, serious injuries may occur. Some victims may lose sensation and movement in parts of their bodies following a spinal cord injury. In extreme cases, the victim may suffer from total paralysis as a result of a complete spinal cord injury.
It’s very common for victims to suffer broken or fractured bones during a truck accident because of the force of the impact. Victims often break or fracture bones in their legs, arms, or chest.
Passengers inside the vehicle may hit their heads against the car’s steering wheel, dashboard, or windows during a truck accident. Victims can suffer from mild, moderate, or severe brain injuries as a result.
The abdomen may also suffer trauma during a truck accident. Sometimes, victims may only suffer from minor bruising as a result of their abdomen rubbing into the seatbelt. But, truck accident victims can also suffer from severe abdominal injuries, including organ damage caused by blunt trauma.
Contact Us After A Truck Accident
Truck accident cases are much more complex than other traffic accident cases, which is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley at once to discuss your legal options.