Determining Fault in Truck Accidents
A trucking accident can be disastrous for everyone involved. Large trucks are inherently dangerous to everyone on the road because of their large comparative size and weight. However, the true causes of trucking accidents are not always immediately apparent. After a trucking accident, it is important to determine who is at fault for the accident in order to pursue compensation for your losses.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are commonly caused for a variety of reasons, including:
- Defective or malfunctioning parts. A truck may get into an accident after a part fails or malfunctions. In these cases, the company that manufactured the parts may be responsible.
- Truck driver error. Truck drivers drive long distances each day to meet tight deadlines and often drive while tired or distracted as a result. Some drivers may even rely on the excessive use of stimulants or illegal drugs in an attempt to stay awake.
- Truck company negligence. A trucking company is responsible for hiring safe drivers and for making sure trucks are regularly maintained and free from defects and malfunctions.
- Supplier negligence. The company that supplies a truck with its goods may be responsible for properly loading the truck and making sure its goods do not present a hazard to other drivers out on the road.
- Road or construction defects. A dangerous roadway can be particularly hazardous for a big truck because of its large size, often uneven weight distribution, rollover tendencies, and slow braking speeds.
No matter the cause of the accident, if you or a loved one has been harmed, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and other losses with the help of a qualified Iowa trucking accident attorney.
To learn more about your legal options after a trucking accident, contact an Iowa truck accident lawyer from LaMarca & Landry, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.