Fighting Truck Driver Negligence

Truck driving accident claims can be difficult to navigate through, because they involve having to determine who is liable for the resulting injuries and damages. There are a number of parties that can be held responsible for a truck accident.

This may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The owner of the truck
  • The person or business that leased the truck from the owner
  • The manufacturer of the truck or part that caused the accident
  • The shipper or loader of the truck's cargo

Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle, the consequences of a truck driving accident can be incredibly severe, or even fatal. Their large size makes trucks especially difficult to operate, which is why if the driver does not take extra caution, the results could be drastic.

Determining Liability in a Trucking Accident

Truck drivers have a strict schedule they must stick to, leading them to drive for extended periods of time. This also usually involves driving late into the night, and early in the morning. With such long and late hours, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to experience extreme fatigue and exhaustion. In turn, fatigued drivers often have delayed reaction times and are more easily distracted on the road.

According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are 10 times more likely to be the cause of an accident, in comparison to other contributors such as the weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance. Many people are aware of the black box that is used to assist with the investigation of a plane crash. The trucking industry is also beginning to implement such methods, by using a device similar to black boxes. This can be used to record important information such as how fast the truck was going, the driver's speed patterns, when the brakes were used, and how long the driver had been on the road. With access to such information, it is becoming easier to gather the information that is necessary to determine who is liable for the trucking accident.

Hire Our San Angelo Truck Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that was caused by truck driver negligence, do not wait to pursue legal action. With a proven track record of success and more than a century of collective experience, we are prepared to take on even the most complex cases. To see how our team of truck accident attorneys in San Angelo may be able to help you get compensation, be sure to contact our firm, Webb, Stokes & Sparks, today.