Accomplished Injury Attorneys Litigate Trucking Accident Claims
Firm delivers assertive legal representation across the United States
A commercial truck accident can be enormously destructive, shattering vehicles and other obstacles in the big-rig’s path. But the worst damage is reserved for the victims, many of whom suffer catastrophic injuries and even death. At the Lanier Law Firm, P.C., we are determined to help victims of trucking accidents put their lives back together. Across the country, we represent people who’ve been injured in commercial truck accidents, providing aggressive representation focused on recovering full compensation. Challenging commercial operators and their insurance companies is no easy task, but our attorneys have the skill, experience and resources to fight for the best possible result.
Skillful advocates take on faulty parties in commercial vehicle claims
Across the country, disastrous large truck accidents are on the rise. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal truck crashes increased 5.4 percent from 2015 to 2016. But the mere fact that a large truck is involved in a crash is not evidence that the truck driver or the trucking company is responsible. Every motor vehicle case requires proof of liability, and that starts with determining the cause of the accident.
At the Lanier Law Firm, we work with investigators and qualified accident reconstruction experts to help determine what triggered the crash. We also interview potential witnesses, depose individuals and demand pertinent records, such as trucking company logs, to piece together the puzzle.
Common causes of commercial truck accidents include:
- Aggressive driving — Commercial drivers with deadlines to meet can push the speed limit and make unsafe maneuvers. Drivers often fail to adjust to weather conditions that make driving treacherous.
- Driver fatigue — More than 800 people were killed nationwide in 2016 due to crashes caused by a drowsy driver. We’ll work to determine if fatigue played a factor in your collision.
- DUI/DWI — Although there tends to be a lower incidence of alcohol-impaired driving among commercial truck operators, the legal limit of blood alcohol content for a commercial truck driver is 0.04 percent, lower than that of a regular motorist.
- Equipment failure — Failed brakes and blown tires can cause a driver to lose control of a truck.
- Passenger car interference — Unfortunately, many motorists don’t know how to drive safely around large commercial trucks. Jackknife accidents often occur when motorists cut off tractor-trailers.
- Poorly loaded cargo — Cargo that is unbalanced, top-heavy, secured improperly or oversized makes a rig harder to control, leading to accidents.
Once we ascertain what caused the accident, we can go after the responsible parties and hold them accountable.
When is the trucking company responsible for an accident?
If your trucking accident is the result of driver error, is the trucking company still responsible? In most cases, the answer is yes. The legal principle of respondeat superior says a company is responsible for the negligent actions of its employee while in the performance of work-related duties.
Truck companies can also be negligent directly by hiring unlicensed or untrained drivers, allowing drivers to work too many hours or failing to maintain equipment. Other possible defendants include subcontracting companies that load cargo and manufacturers that produce defective equipment.
No matter who is responsible for the trucking accident that caused your injuries, you can trust our attorneys to build a compelling case and work tirelessly to deliver the results you need.
Contact the Lanier Law Firm for truck accident representation anywhere in the country
The Lanier Law Firm, P.C. handles truck accident litigation across the United States. Wherever your accident occurred, you can access our accomplished attorneys and our firm’s vast resources. For determined legal assistance, call 833-869-4093 or contact us online today.