Trucking Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

Who’s to blame in a trucking accident? With so much to take into account, the answer is not an easy one. 

Semi-truck collisions are vastly different than auto collisions, and consequently, so are their cases. With so many factors and circumstances to take into consideration, determining who is responsible can be challenging.

There are typically three parties that may have induced a trucking accident: the truck driver, the truck itself, and the company. From logging false hours to poor vehicle maintenance, here are a few of the many aspects a trucking accident may be attributed to: 

Truck Driver 

Many truck drivers are low-wage employees who were hired as cheap labor or through a second-chance program— for example, a program that helps felons or those with poor records find employment. If they weren’t able to uphold high and reputable standards before, they are likely to fail to do so again. This is often seen in false logging hours, which many drivers are at fault for. Companies only allow for a certain amount of driving hours, but many drivers log more to get paid more. Operating a vehicle over the limited amount of hours causes a driver to become tired which may lead them to take their eyes off the road and their mind off driving. 

Truck

It’s obvious that a semi-truck is big, but what many don’t realize is how its size may influence its safety and maneuverability. The average semi-truck is 8.5 feet wide, 53 feet long, and weighs 25 times that of a standard vehicle. This makes braking, maintaining a certain speed, and driving in general, difficult. Due to their size, some trucks require the use of two lanes when turning, but because many are unaware of this, they don’t allow enough room for the truck to turn and cause a collision. Road conditions may also affect how a semi drives. When slippery or wet roads are detected, a semi’s back wheels lock while its front wheels continue to move forward, this makes for unstable driving conditions as it causes the body of the trailer to sway side to side, also known as jackknifing. 

Company

A trucking company’s main goal is to save money, which often leads to cutting corners and lowering standards in several areas such as vehicle maintenance and employee recruitment. Many companies don’t properly maintain, service, or upgrade their vehicles in order to spend less and increase profits. This lowers the safety and quality of each truck, its tires, engine system, and more, and makes driving it dangerous. Since many trucking companies cut corners in their hiring practices, the majority of their truck drivers lack experience. Operating a semi takes practice and a certain level of competence or expertise, much of which drivers lack or fail to maintain.  

Vigil Law Firm: Expert Representation

Being that there is much to consider in a trucking accident, you need knowledgeable and experienced representation—a dedicated Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer who is familiar with each area, circumstance, and factor of your case. Having an expert attorney on your side can make all the difference in receiving the compensation you need to recover physically, financially, and emotionally.

At the Vigil Law Firm, P.A. in Albuquerque, we’ve represented a variety of cases and have helped numerous clients obtain the compensation and justice they deserve. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, call us today at (505) 243-1706 and let us fight for you!