What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

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“Truck accidents can happen for almost any reason, but generally today the ones that come to see us are the ones where you have people in the car… who get injured or sometimes you have fatalities involved in collisions with big rigs, commercial vehicles, and trucks.”

What are the most common causes of truck accidents? Although there are many reasons for truck collisions, an alarming pattern has emerged in which collisions happen both when the truck driver becomes lost and also when the driver is fatigued. In both cases, the truck driver’s disorientation creates a dangerous situation for everyone on the road.

Trent Shuping is a personal injury attorney and partner at the Atlanta-based Warshauer Law Group. In this video, he explains how his firm investigates truck accidents to find out who is negligent.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Key Takeaways From Trent Shuping:

It takes a professional to determine who is at fault in the case of a trucking accident. Is it the fault of the driver who was perhaps not following protocol, or is it the fault of the trucking company for not making that driver aware of the proper safety protocol? While drivers are certainly responsible for their own conduct, there are many trucking companies that prioritize profit over employee safety, which can have devastating effects for anyone who shares the road with these big rigs.

It takes time and a team of professionals to investigate the causes of a wreck.

Although there are certainly times when the apparent reason for a wreck could be any number of factors without the truck driver or company necessarily at fault, this is not typically the case. Shuping and his fellow attorneys look for evidence such as whether the truck driver kept logs, and if so, what information is contained in those logs. For instance, is there evidence in the driver’s log to prove they were in fact following protocol when the collision occurred? If so, can they be certain the logs aren’t fraudulent?

After a truck accident, follow these two steps.

    1. First off, make sure to pull off the road in a safe place and obtain whatever medical attention you may need.
    2. Secondly, if your physical condition allows for it, try to document as much of the situation as you can—take pictures, video, get the other driver’s information, and collect witness information if available.

If you are unable to follow these immediate steps due to your physical condition, it is important you call friends or family once you reach the hospital and ask them to drive to the location of the collision and gather whatever information they can on your behalf.

The trucking company is collecting evidence as soon as the crash occurs.

From the moment the crash occurs many of these trucking companies have emergency response teams on hand to get to the site of the wreck and begin collecting evidence.
Some of the more unscrupulous companies have even been known to tamper with evidence and begin lobbying with law enforcement for their innocence right away, so time is of the essence when you find yourself in a collision and need to collect evidence right away.

The earlier you contact an attorney the easier it is for them to collect the information they need to win your case.

If you’re not sure whether your case requires the help of an attorney, Shuping recommends you call one just in case. The consultation is free, and it can’t do any harm to have an experienced second-opinion on your side as you decide how to proceed.

To learn more, contact Trent Shuping directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

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