Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer Explains

Determining which cause or combination of causes contributed to a truck crash is essential to a personal injury claim. Trucking accidents commonly result when truck drivers do not understand the risks of the road or do not drive safely. Other possible causes of truck accidents include negligence on the part of the shipping company or manufacturer. Even a small oversight during the maintenance of a vehicle can lead to a serious accident. If you were hurt, an experienced truck accident lawyer can help you establish the cause of the truck crash and seek compensation from the party responsible.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our attorneys have successfully represented many complex trucking accident cases. As a result, we understand the possible causes of truck accidents and know how to prepare a compelling truck crash case. Our Philadelphia law firm has the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate truck accident claims in order to pursue maximum compensation for our clients. For example, our team obtained a settlement of $4.1 million for a client who suffered severe, disabling injuries in a truck crash.

What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Like all motor vehicle accidents, the most common cause of semi truck crashes is negligence. This can include mistakes by the trucking company, truck manufacturer, driver or maintenance company, among others. As a result, the most common causes of truck accidents in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and nationwide include:

  • Driver fatigue, often caused by unrealistic deadlines and pressure from the trucking company.
  • Failure of the trucking company or driver to follow safety regulations.
  • Improperly loaded trucks or secure cargo, causing cargo shifts, which can potentially make the driver lose control of the truck.
  • Alcohol or drug use by the truck driver.
  • Aggressive driving.
  • Driver error as a result of being unfamiliar with the roads or area.
  • Unrealistic schedules and expectations, which can cause reckless, distracted or drowsy driving.
  • Speeding, which can result in a truck driver being unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Equipment failure due to a design or manufacturing defect.
  • Poor truck maintenance.
  • Negligence by other drivers on the road.

In most cases, the trucking company that owns or leases the big rig will be responsible for the damages cause by a crash. If you are hurt, you should be able to file a personal injury claim with the trucking company’s insurer. However, these companies often try to shift the blame to someone else to avoid paying. As a result, truck crash cases require a timely, thorough investigation of the accident and the scene. An experienced truck accident lawyer can start this process while you are still recovering and will represent your best interests against pushy insurance companies.

Hurt in a Crash? Call a Truck Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

If a truck crash caused serious personal injuries to you or a loved one, contact a truck accident lawyer from our law firm today. We will take the time to thoroughly examine trucking accidents and all relevant evidence in order to determine liability. Our experience and resources allow us to pursue all the compensation that you deserve. Whether through settlement or at trial, our attorneys will stand up for your rights.

Contact us online or call one of our law offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Cherry Hill, New Jersey today. In an initial consultation, you can speak with a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer about your legal options, free of charge. We also handle cases on a contingency fee basis — you do not pay us unless we get results for you.