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Truck & Tractor Trailer Accidents Attorney

Truck Accident Lawyer Spartanburg, Greenville, Upstate, SC

Trucking and transportation accidents can result in much more devastating injuries than the average car accident. Generally, the causes of trucking accidents are more complex. The driver, the owner of the tractor, the owner of the trailer, the warehouse that loaded the truck and the shop that maintained it may all share responsibility for the accident.

Negligence and Determining Cause of Truck Accidents

In the case of truck accidents, fault is usually determined by the law of negligence. If a driver negligently operates a truck and damage is caused to another person or property, that person or the owner of the truck may be required to pay any incurred damages. Some of the causes of negligence include:

  • Unlicensed drivers
  • Drivers distracted by cell phones or on-board computers
  • Speeding
  • Improper lane changes
  • Failure to inspect
  • Failure to maintain safety systems
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Alcohol or drug use — DWI/DUI
  • Brake failure
  • Violations of the rules of the road
  • Failure to signal turns
  • Aggressive and reckless driving
  • Overloading
  • Defective parts
  • Shifting loads
  • Driver fatigue
  • Negligent hiring
  • Equipment failures
  • Backing carelessly
  • Aggressive and reckless driving
  • Driver error
  • Defective parts
  • Overturning trucks
  • Inadequate training of drivers
  • Unsecured truck loads of construction equipment and supplies
  • Poor design of the truck or its parts
  • Lack of crashworthiness
  • Sudden stops
  • Spilled loads

Liability may depend on driver training and record of previous suspensions, violations, and qualifications. Sometimes the truck is loaded by a third party, who may be liable for negligent loading, which can cause a load to shift or fall from the truck. If the truck was defectively or not properly designed, the manufacturer of the truck or trailer, or the manufacturer of the component parts, may be liable for negligence and for product liability.

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