Truck accidents are among the most deadly on roadways in Vermont and New Hampshire. Due to the sheer size and weight of trucks, these accidents often result in serious injury or even death for the occupants of smaller vehicles. There can be a number of truck accident causes, each providing unique complications when seeking proper compensation. The only way to be sure you are treated fairly and provided the compensation you deserve is with the help of an experienced New Hampshire truck accident attorney.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident with a commercial vehicle in Vermont or New Hampshire, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss online or call our Orford, NH office at (866) 933-6115 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.
Main Causes of Truck Accidents
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) delved into the factors associated with major truck accidents. The information contained in the study was collected over a three-year time period, which included a sample of the 120,000 truck accidents that occurred across the country.
Can you guess what might be causing truck accidents based on this study? Maybe tired truckers or defective brakes? While these factors are among the many identified by researchers, there are various other causes of large truck wrecks. Below is a list of the top ten associated factors of truck crashes discovered by researchers:
- Brake problems
- Traffic interruption
- Prescription drugs
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with the road
- Problems with the road
- Required stop at traffic light, crosswalk or other
- Non-prescription drugs
- Inadequate surveillance
Regardless of what caused your truck accident, the aggressive attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss are prepared to take your case as far as needed to help secure for you the largest settlement possible.
Truck Accident Liability
Establishing liability following a truck accident requires an experienced accident attorney. The Vermont truck accident attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss have decades of combined experience investigating truck accidents to identify all liable parties, and using that information to secure substantial settlements for our clients.
Truck accident cases are not your typical personal injury claims. These are complex accidents that tend to have unique factors involved. If you or a family member has been injured in such a crash, it is imperative to understand the evidence that is often used to establish what factors played a role. Some of the evidence that comes into play includes:
- Electronic event data recorders
- Global positioning systems (GPS)
- On-board computers
All of these systems will need to be assessed by your truck accident lawyer to identify every potentially liable party. In both New Hampshire and Vermont, these parties may include:
- The truck driver
- The company for whom the driver works
- The company responsible for loading and securing cargo
- Federal truck inspectors and weigh station employees
- Truck parts manufacturers
- Truck mechanics
Even in cases that seem black and white, multiple parties may be liable for a truck accident. For example, a trucker who is speeding may take a sharp turn and lose control of his cab. Initially, this appears to be the trucker’s fault, but an investigation may show that he was speeding to meet an unrealistic schedule imposed by the company he drives for. This may make the company liable as well. What’s more, loss of control may have been exacerbated by improperly secured cargo, potentially making the company that loaded the trailer partially liable as well.
The list of possible scenarios is endless. So too is our dedication to helping victims of truck accidents get justice. Your Vermont truck accident lawyer from our firm will work tirelessly to help ensure every responsible party is identified and you are provided the compensation you are due.
To schedule your free consultation with an experienced Vermont truck accident attorney, please call (866) 933-6115 today. We represent victims of serious injury in communities such as Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and others.