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Trucking Accidents: Causes & Liability

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2023 | Personal Injury

Trucking accidents can be some of the most devastating and life-altering accidents on the road. With the size and weight of commercial trucks, the damage and injuries caused by trucking accidents can be severe. It is essential to understand the potential causes of trucking accidents and who is liable for the damages. The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A. is here to help you understand your rights.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

A variety of factors can cause trucking accidents, but some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Driver fatigue: Truck drivers are often on the road for long hours, leading to fatigue and a higher risk of accidents.
  • Speeding: Commercial truck drivers may be pressured to meet tight delivery schedules, leading them to speed and increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a major cause of trucking accidents. Texting, talking on the phone, and other distractions can take a driver’s attention away from the road.
  • Unsecured cargo: Improperly loaded or unsecured cargo can lead to an accident if the cargo shifts suddenly or falls off the truck.
  • Poor maintenance: Trucks must be adequately maintained to ensure safety. Poorly maintained brakes, tires, and other parts can lead to an accident.

Who Is Liable in a Trucking Accident?

The liable party in a trucking accident will depend on the cause of the accident. The liable party may be the truck driver, the trucking company, the cargo company, or even the manufacturer of the truck or its parts. It is essential to have an experienced attorney to help you identify the liable party and seek compensation for your damages.

What Damages Can I Recover?

If you are injured in a trucking accident, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. The damages you can recover will depend on the severity of your injuries, the liable party, and other factors. A skilled attorney can help you understand your rights and seek maximum compensation for your losses.

Contact The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A.

The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A. can help if you have been injured in a trucking accident. We help those injured in trucking accidents and can help you identify the liable party and seek compensation for your losses. We serve clients in St. Petersburg, FL, and the surrounding areas and have a proven track record of successful cases. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.