Therefore, it is important to find a truck accident attorney in Minneapolis who understands the commercial trucking industry and which parties may be at fault for a collision with a semi-truck.
The Trucking Lawyers can help you navigate the process of filing a lawsuit against one or more defendants who may be responsible for causing a truck accident, including:
Most truck accidents are caused by negligent or reckless truck drivers as they are behind the wheel of the vehicle.
If the truck driver involved in your accident has a record of traffic violations, you can count on the experienced lawyers at The Trucking Lawyers investigating it to find out the details of the accident.
There are a number of reasons why a truck driver may cause an accident, including:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Drug or alcohol impairment
- Ignoring traffic signals or signs
- Medical problems
- Reckless driving
- Violating hours of service rules
A black box event recorder also allows us to determine if the truck driver was speeding or failed to brake in time to avoid an accident.
Companies that employ truckers are typically held liable for the actions of their employees. A trucking company can be held accountable for damages resulting from an accident caused by one of its drivers.
A trucking company must also hire qualified truck drivers who have the skills and experience to drive a commercial semi-truck for long-distance hauls. Additionally, drivers must undergo a background check to determine whether they have a poor driving record or a history of drug and alcohol violations.
Poor maintenance could also lead to accidents caused by trucking companies. In order for commercial vehicles to be safe on the road, trucking companies are required to perform routine maintenance inspections. The attorney can review truck maintenance logs to determine if a mechanical failure may have caused the accident.
The trucking company must supervise the acts of their employees after they are hired, including drug and alcohol testing. The trucking company can be liable if the driver is intoxicated and causes the accident.
The trucking company may also be liable if:
- Drivers are not tested for drugs and alcohol
- Hires unqualified drivers
- Drivers are not properly trained
- A driver with a poor driving record is hired
- Putting unrealistic deadlines on drivers leads to them violating hours of service rules
A trucking company might try to avoid liability for an accident by claiming the driver is an independent contractor and not an employee. Our attorneys will examine several aspects of the driver’s employment contract to determine if the trucking company is responsible for the driver’s actions.
Vehicle and Part Manufacturers
In addition to defects in automotive parts, other causes of truck accidents include:
- Transmission failure
- Brake failure
- Steering system failure
- Defective lighting
- Tire blowouts
A product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the vehicle or part might be your best option in this situation.
An experienced attorney can determine if the vehicle was already subject to a recall due to defective parts installed in it.
Trucking companies often contract out their loading duties to another company, which is tasked with ensuring that cargo is secure.
If the cargo is not loaded properly or properly secured, it may fall out of the back of the vehicle or shift while it is in motion, resulting in a tip over. This may result in the loading company being liable for damages if it causes an accident.
Contact a Lawyer
Upon being injured in a truck accident, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable attorney for assistance with your claim.
Our experienced attorneys at The Trucking Lawyers have a deep understanding of the commercial trucking industry and the laws governing trucking companies and their drivers. Our attorneys will use this knowledge to build your case and pursue the compensation you deserve.
During a free, no-obligation consultation, we can discuss your unique situation to determine what legal options may be available to you.