Due to the massive size and weight of a tractor trailers, anything they collide with does not stand much of a chance of being unharmed. The size, weight and momentum of a moving eighteen wheeler make truck accidents almost always catastrophic, often resulting in serious personal injury and death. Truck accident cases are more complex than automobile accident cases, and it is recommended that if you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck accident, you consult an experienced truck accident attorney who has both the knowledge and resources necessary to fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.
The Cochran Firm, with 27 offices nationwide, fully understands the difficult process of fighting large corporations and their insurance companies while trying to recover from serious personal injuries and losses. Keep in mind that trucking companies and their insurance companies are anxious to settle and pay as little to you, the victim, as possible. Our experienced attorneys can help determine who is liable in a trucking accident.
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It is important that you say nothing at the scene of the accident and agree to no settlements before consulting our firm. Anything you say early on can be documented and then used against you should you decide to sue at a later date. We can protect you from insurance company adjustors who are trained to get you to say and do the very thing that will hurt you in the long run.
Trucking accident causes
An important part of any lawsuit is determining who is at fault and to determine who is at fault, you must first determine the cause of the accident. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Unreasonable schedules
- Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
- Defective equipment
- Poorly maintained truck
- Lack of driver training and experience
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Defective roadways
- Excessive speed
- Negligent drivers of other vehicles
Fatigue is the most common cause of driver error, contributing to about 40% of all trucking accidents. Fatigue alone can cause an accident, and when combined with other factors, the results are often deadly.
Underride and override accidents
Underride accidents can be horrific, usually resulting in decapitation. An override accident is one in which a truck runs over the vehicle in front of it. It is estimated that as many as half of all fatal truck accidents involve truck underrides.
One reason truck accident lawsuits are so complex is that they can involve multiple responsible parties including:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Equipment manufacturers
- Other negligent drivers
- Government entities
Unique truck laws
Successfully pursuing a truck accident lawsuit requires an in-depth understanding of state and federal trucking regulations. The Cochran Firm has extensive knowledge of these laws and has the resources to expertly investigate your claim. Truck drivers, through driving logs and other records, are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles, and trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures involving hiring practices, truck maintenance, recording keeping, and time on the job. Only an experienced truck accident attorney knows how to find, collect, interpret, and present the evidence that you must have to prove your case.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident anywhere in the United States, The Cochran Firm can help. We have 27 offices nationwide and have helped countless truck accident victims recover the monetary compensation they need and deserve. Please contact one of the Cochran Firm offices today to schedule your initial consultation.
The attorneys with The Cochran Firm have extensive experience in trying personal injury cases in states across the country. The results obtained in numerous cases have made a significant impact on clients’ lives, communities and industry practices. We have highlighted some of the remarkable case results on the Results & Verdicts pages of our website. The facts and circumstances of your case may be different and must be evaluated on its own merit. The case results on these pages represent the full award of the case before expenses and fees were deducted.