After an accident involving a semi-truck, it is important to seek a skilled and dedicated accident attorney. The insurance companies for the responsible parties will be trying to minimize your settlement, but Groth Law Firm will work to investigate your accident so you can receive the compensation you deserve.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 6,407 large truck crashes in 2011. Nearly two thousand of these resulted in injuries, including seventy-four fatalities. Accidents with trucks can be particularly devastating due to the sheer size and weight of a semi-truck against that of a passenger vehicle. Following an accident, the victims can be left with long-term medical needs as well as lose their ability to work or perform daily activities. The families of victims who are killed in trucking accidents can be left with large financial burdens as well as emotional trauma.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
In the state of Wisconsin, semi-trucks must abide by both state and federal regulations. There are laws that regulate the number of hours a truck driver can work and that set standards for maintenance of a truck. Failure to comply with state and federal law can leave several parties liable for damages following an accident. The responsible parties can include:
- the truck driver
- the trucking company
- the truck owner
- the manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, or any other defective parts
- the shipper or loader of the cargo
- the company responsible for vehicle maintenance
What Causes Truck Accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has found that truck driver error is the most common reason for truck accidents- even more so than weather conditions, road conditions, or vehicle performance. Driver error can include speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, distractions, and unfamiliarity with the road. However, the most common reasons for driver error are driver fatigue and sleep deprivation.
The second most common cause of trucking accidents is equipment failure. While this can include defective products and design flaws, the most common incidence of equipment failure is due to failure to properly maintain the equipment. Examples of poor maintenance can include:
- removing or depowering front brakes
- brake failure due to inadequate adjustments
- improper load distribution, leading to rollover accidents
- improper load securing, leading to falling objects
- defective steering
- improper trailer attachment
- transmission failure
- defective side or rear lighting
Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorney
After an accident, it is important to seek a skilled and dedicated truck accident attorney. The insurance companies for the responsible parties will be working to minimize your settlement. Groth Law Firm will work to investigate your accident in order prove negligence and get the compensation you deserve.