Identifying the cause of a truck accident is key to proving liability. If you are injured in an accident involving a truck, the Northwest Indiana truck accident attorneys at Laura L. Rybicki, LLC, will investigate everything from truck maintenance records to the driving record and background of the driver.
Truck accident cases are complex, and many involve some type of negligence on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, or both. Common causes of car-truck accidents include:
- Hiring unqualified drivers
- Driver fatigue caused by driving too long without taking required rest breaks.
- Aggressive driving such as truck speeding and tailgating
- Lack of proper maintenance of tires, brakes and other truck equipment
- Driving with an unbalanced or unsecured load
- Use of drugs or alcohol by the truck driver
- Passing under dangerous conditions
When necessary in truck accident cases, our lawyers will retain expert witnesses who can assist with accident reconstruction and case preparation that is essential for settlement negotiations and trial if necessary. We will take immediate steps to collect and preserve evidence such as the driver logbook, truck maintenance records, the truck’s GPS system (if equipped), and personnel records of the driver.
Department of Transportation trucking regulations govern everything from truck maintenance, to securing of loads, to testing of drivers for drug use. If a trucking company violates these rules, the trucking company is responsible for compensating you for your damages in an accident, including past and future medical expenses, past and future wages, pain and suffering, and disability.
For More Information About Truck Accident Causes
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with our Porter County and Lake County truck accident attorneys, call (219) 365-7766 or fill out the contact form on this website.