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Truck Accidents

Any traffic accident can be a traumatic and devastating event for those involved. An accident involving a smaller vehicle and a large, commercial truck, however, can be horrific. Because of the enormous size and weight differential, occupants in passenger vehicles can be seriously or catastrophically injured or die when colliding with a truck.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in or around the greater Hammond area, getting experienced legal representation is imperative. These types of claims are more complex than those involving smaller vehicles, since you will likely be dealing with a commercial trucking company that is subject to both state and federal regulations.

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Hurt In A Truck Accident?

At Anderson Traylor Edwards, our legal team is well-versed in the challenges and complications that can arise in truck accident claims. With 50 years of combined experience to draw on, we know what to do and how to do it in seeking maximum results for our clients.

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Truck accidents can involve:

18-wheeler tractor trailers
Tankers
Dump trucks
Garbage trucks
Tow trucks
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What Causes Truck Accidents?

Causes of truck accidents include:

Driver fatigue
Driver distraction, such as texting, adjusting GPS, or other devices
Speeding
Improper lane changes
Tailgating
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Improperly loaded cargo which then shifts or is ejected when stopping or turning
Poorly or improperly trained truck drivers
Poor truck maintenance leading to improperly functioning components
Blind spots, especially when changing lanes which can endanger adjacent vehicles
Severe weather

These causes can lead to a variety of accidents, including:

Jackknifing
Rollovers
Tire or braking crashes due to defects
Wide turns that trap vehicles to the rear and right
Rear-end collisions
Head-on collisions
T-bone crashes
Underride accidents, where smaller vehicles become trapped under a 18-wheeler

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Who Is Responsible in a Truck Accident?

Various parties may be liable in a truck accident depending on the unique circumstances of the situation.

These can include:

The trucker as an independent contractor
The trucking company, a manufacturer of a defective component part of the truck
The agency that is responsible for inspection and maintenance of the truck
And third parties who may have played a role in the accident

These are often complicated cases that can involve more than one party or entity and both state and federal regulations governing the trucking industry. Investigation and the gathering of evidence as soon as possible is critical in such cases.

Many commercial trucks use “black box” equipment that records information that can be crucial to a case, such as braking and speed data that occurred prior to the crash. This information needs to be documented before it is overwritten and forever lost.

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