Common Types of Truck Accidents
There are several kinds of truck accidents that commonly occur for a variety of reasons:
- Rollover: A truck that rolls over poses a serious threat to the driver and any surrounding vehicles. This type of accident often occurs due to the shifting of cargo on an incline or taking too wide of a turn.
- Jackknife: When a truck’s attached trailer loses control, it can cause a “jackknife.” A jackknife accident happens when the cab and the trailer face the opposite direction, making the cab unable to move any longer.
- Tire Blowout: When a tire blows out, the truck driver can lose complete control of the truck. A tire may blow out, for instance, due to the extreme weight of the vehicle.
- Underride: When a vehicle does not see a truck slow down or come to a stop, it can slide under the side or rear of a truck. This kind of accident typically results in severe injuries, including death and total loss of the vehicle.
Leading Causes of Truck Accidents in Raleigh
Many factors can cause truck accidents in Raleigh, but the most common are:
A truck driver’s inattention while driving can be catastrophic. Common forms of distractions include texting or talking on a cell phone, drinking, and eating.
Truck drivers work long hours and don’t have a reliable sleep schedule. Although federal laws dictate how many hours a trucker can be on the road, it doesn’t guarantee they will adhere to them if they are trying to meet a deadline.
Impatience or Road Rage
Truck drivers are under an enormous amount of pressure to meet deadlines, which can result in impatience or anger when on the road.
Speeding dramatically decreases a truck driver’s chances of reacting to any unforeseen elements on the road. Other reckless behaviors include sudden lane changes, failing to signal, or failing to account for traffic.
Driving Under the Influence
Many truck drivers resort to stimulant drugs out of boredom or to stay awake. Driving under the influence clouds judgment and can compel a driver to take unnecessary risks.
Poor Maintenance or Manufacturing Defects
Many truck owners or trucking companies are unwilling to spend the money to properly maintain their large trucks. Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, originate from the manufacturer, and if a part fails, the truck driver may lose control.
Poor Weather Conditions
If a truck driver fails to adjust to climate and road conditions, it often significantly reduces their ability to control the vehicle.
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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
After a truck accident, there may be multiple parties responsible, including:
- The Truck Driver: If the truck driver’s negligence led to an accident, they might be liable for damages. For instance, deliberately driving while distracted or under the influence or intentionally violating federal hours-of-service regulations that limit how long truckers may drive without a break.
- The Trucking Company: If the trucking company’s negligence caused an accident, such as hiring an inexperienced driver, or one with multiple driving infractions, failing to schedule regular inspections for their vehicles, etc.
- The Loading Companies: Cargo loading companies can be held responsible if they fail to ensure a truck is loaded correctly, resulting in a collision. If cargo isn’t secure and loaded unevenly, a subsequent cargo shift can lead to an accident.
Types of Damages Available After a Truck Accident
The liable parties for a truck accident will be responsible for paying damages suffered by an innocent party. The types of damages commonly available to victims and their families include:
- Lost wages while recovering
- Loss of future income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Costs of medical treatment, hospitalization, and long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium—spousal rights compensation for the loss of companionship or sexual relations
Truck drivers, and especially trucking companies, will not readily admit liability. Due to North Carolina’s contributory negligence law, if you are found even partially at fault, you will be barred from recovering compensation. Successfully obtaining the damages you are entitled to will take thorough investigating and diligent efforts on behalf of an attorney
Experienced Raleigh Truck Accident Attorneys
Call Nagle & Associates, P.A., or complete our online case evaluation form if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a crash involving a truck. Our Raleigh truck accident attorneys offer a free, no-obligation consultation.