Fort Walton Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are hurt in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you may be facing a long and expensive recovery. Emotional trauma, damaged property, medical bills, and lost wages added to physical pain make for a distressing and overwhelming situation.
After a truck accident, you should try to get in touch with an attorney as soon as you are able. An experienced Fort Walton Beach truck accident attorney with the Bruner Law Firm may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the responsible party and collect damages to offset the costs associated with recovery. Call (850) 243-2222 to speak with an attorney today.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Although most truck drivers are experienced and competent drivers, devastating accidents do happen. Given the size of 18-wheelers, the motorists most impacted by truck crashes are drivers and passengers in regular-sized vehicles unfortunate enough to be nearby when something happens to go wrong. Whatever the cause behind your truck accident, our attorneys will work to investigate what happened and determine who can be held accountable for your losses.
While employers are required to have strict drug and alcohol testing systems in place, the reality is that some truck drivers operate their vehicles while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs can delay a driver’s responses and reflexes and heavily impair judgement. Impaired drivers cause many crashes every year, injuring or killing other people on the road.
Mechanical Defects and Malfunctions
Even a truck driver who operates a vehicle without error is not immune to accidents. Mechanical defects and malfunctions can occur due to improper maintenance, manufacturer faults, or other causes. Brake malfunctions, insufficient underride protections, tire defects, and trailer malfunctions can all cause the vehicle to malfunction and lead to devastating crashes.
Employer Negligence / Liability
In truck accident cases, the employer is often found to be the at-fault party. An employer is considered negligent if they fail to properly train a driver, fail to inspect a vehicle, or hire an inadequate employee. Employers are also considered negligent if they violate Hours of Service regulations and allow their employees to drive more than the number of legally permitted hours. An attorney can help you investigate whether employer negligence played a role in your truck accident.
Truck Driver Error / Negligence
Many truck accident cases involve driver errors, such as speeding. Some of the most common driver errors include failing to use turn signals, driving aggressively, loading improperly, and driving in adverse conditions. A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that over 85 percent of truck accidents are caused by drivers, rather than vehicle malfunctions, weather, or road conditions. Drowsy or intoxicated truck drivers also pose a serious risk to other motorists.
No-zones are the areas around a truck where the driver cannot see other vehicles in their mirrors. If a driver fails to check these blind spots, he or she may change lanes directly into another vehicle. Directly behind the truck, in front of the truck, behind the driver’s door, and behind the passenger’s door are all considered no-zones. Although drivers are trained to check blind spots, they can still forget this important safety measure and cause an accident.
Trucking accidents can be devastating for anyone involved. Due to the sheer size of typical 18-wheelers, when they are involved in a crash, injuries can be life altering or even fatal. The wrongful death of a loved one as a result of any of the above situations deserves to be investigated and the responsible party must be held accountable for its negligent actions.
Contact a Fort Walton Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a truck accident, you might be eligible to seek compensation from the responsible party. To consult with an experienced attorney at the Bruner Law Firm, call our Fort Walton Beach office at (850) 243-2222 today.