Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries and even death, leaving victims and their families in a difficult and stressful situation. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, it's important to understand the causes and liability involved in these accidents. In this blog, we'll discuss some of the most common causes of trucking accidents and what you need to know about workers compensation claims.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
There are many factors that can contribute to a trucking accident, including:
1. Driver fatigue: Truck drivers are often under pressure to meet tight deadlines, which can result in long hours of driving without adequate rest.
2. Poor vehicle maintenance: Trucks require regular maintenance to ensure they are in good condition and safe to operate. Neglecting this maintenance can lead to mechanical failures and accidents.
3. Distracted driving: Truck drivers may be distracted by cell phones, GPS devices, or other distractions while driving, leading to accidents.
4. Improper loading: Trucks must be loaded correctly to ensure they are balanced and stable while on the road. Failure to do so can cause accidents.
Liability in Trucking Accidents
Determining liability in a trucking accident can be complex, as there are often multiple parties involved. Some of the parties that may be held liable for a trucking accident include:
1. The truck driver: If the driver was negligent or reckless in their driving, they may be held liable for the accident.
2. The trucking company: If the company failed to properly maintain the truck or enforce safety regulations, they may be held liable for the accident.
3. The manufacturer: If a defect in the truck or its parts caused the accident, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Workers Compensation Claims
If you were injured in a trucking accident while on the job, you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits. These benefits can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the accident. To file a workers compensation claim, you will need to notify your employer and complete the necessary paperwork.
How The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC Can Help
At The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC, we understand the complexities of trucking accidents and workers compensation claims. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.