Trucking accidents are on the rise with the increased need to transport goods and always-growing population. Federal laws govern the trucking industry, but they are often ignored by drivers and other companies associated. Trucks cause severe damage in accidents on the road due to their sheer size and weight.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the amount of hours truck drivers operate their vehicles. It is not uncommon for drivers to ignore these rules and succumb to driver fatigue—one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. Other driver errors include inattention, substance abuse, and failure to adjust to road conditions during inclement weather.
Equipment failure, like defective tires and brakes, is another common cause of trucking accidents. Truck drivers and their companies are required by law to do pre-trip inspections as well as regular maintenance on their trucks.
The FMSCA also regulates the loading of trucks as well as the securement of materials. Truck loads must be distributed evenly on trailers. An imbalanced load may cause trucks to flip or lose traction. Unsecured materials or goods can fall into lanes while the truck is moving, causing life-threatening accidents.
Who is Liable in Trucking Accidents?
In addition to a driver, trucking companies may be held accountable for trucking accidents. Many times these companies practice unsafe ideals with schedules and loading. Additional parties that may be held responsible may include:
- Parts manufacturers that assemble defective vehicles
- Cargo companies that overload trucks
- Shippers that do not conduct background checks on trucks or truck drivers
It is always important to work with experienced lawyers after a trucking accidents. Each party may have their own lawyers and insurance companies that will work to deflect any responsibility from the defendants. The legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP understands how severe and traumatic trucking accidents can be. Our attorneys will gather the necessary evidence and file all essential documents for your trucking accident lawsuit.
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Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP are Atlanta’s premier trucking accident lawyers. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a trucking accident, contact our expert staff. Your initial consultation is free, call: (404) 445-1411.