Experienced, West Virginia trucking accident lawyers.

If you have been in a trucking accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. In order to recover compensation, you will need to take legal action against the party responsible. However, understanding the cause of a truck accident can be more difficult than it seems.

Multiple parties may be liable for a commercial trucking accident. Determining the cause of the accident is a crucial part of identifying who is responsible for your injuries.

If you or a loved one was hurt in a collision with a semi-truck, our trucking accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the crash and build a strong case on your behalf. Please call 304-342-0512 today for a free case evaluation. Preston & Salango serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.

Driver Error

The most common cause of truck accidents is driver error. Errors on the part of the truck driver can take many forms, including:

  • Inadequate Training: Driving a truck requires experience and training to do safely. When drivers don’t get the appropriate training, they may not know how to handle certain situations, leading to serious accidents.
  • Aggressive Driving: Truck drivers are often subject to tight deadlines by their employers. This may cause aggressive driving, tailgating, running traffic control signals, and stop signs.
  • Drowsy Driving: Driving while tired is dangerous under any situation, but especially when driving a commercial vehicle weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Even if a driver doesn’t completely fall asleep at the wheel, their drowsiness can lead to mistakes like cutting other drivers off, running red lights, or tailgating.
  • Distracted Driving: Driving a truck day-in and day-out can certainly become monotonous. Unfortunately, this leads many truck drivers to drive distracted in an attempt to entertain themselves or occupy their minds. If cell phone records show the driver was using their cell phones while driving, it could serve as evidence that the accident was caused by their distracted driving.
  • Drug or Alcohol Use: Alcohol and drug use among truck drivers is common. Our law firm has handled a number of cases involving a commercial truck driver operating the truck under the influence and causing serious injury or death.

In order to take on a trucking company, you need experienced lawyers. The lawyers at Preston & Salango have recovered millions of dollars for trucking accident victims and their families.

Overloaded Trucks

Tractor trailers, coal trucks and logging trucks carry heavy loads that are regulated by the government. Due to these extreme weights, the companies securing the loads must properly train workers and do a thorough job to avoid mistakes.

Negligent Maintenance

There are specific rules that govern how trucks must be maintained. Certain parts must be replaced after a specific number of miles driven, and detailed logs must be kept.

If a part wasn’t replaced on time or if those responsible for the maintenance of a truck missed something they should have caught, a serious accident may occur.

If, for example, a tire was damaged, a turn signal light was broken, brake pads were worn down, or a suspension system was faulty, it could lead to a tragic accident that even a seasoned truck driver may be unable to prevent. In these cases, those responsible for the truck’s maintenance may be held liable.

Contact Our Semi Truck Accident Lawyers

Establishing the cause of a trucking accident requires experienced lawyers. Preston & Salango is here to help and get results. We have recovered millions of dollars for the victims of 18-wheeler accidents.

Please call (304) 342-0512 today for a free consultation. Preston & Salango serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.

Categories: Car Accidents, Personal Injury