What Causes Semi-Truck Accidents?
Myrtle Beach and the Horry County area have heavy traffic congestion, especially along Highway 17, which links the towns of the Grand Strand. Horry County, which includes Myrtle Beach, is among South Carolina’s most dangerous counties for serious and fatal crashes.
Many commercial truck drivers speed or drive too fast for traffic conditions because they are trying to make delivery deadlines.
Tractor-trailers need more distance to stop. If traffic comes to a standstill on Highway 17, a truck driver who is not paying attention to road conditions or following too closely may fail to hit the brakes in time to avoid a rear-end collision. The truck driver may be liable for the injuries of others in the crash.
Some commercial truck drivers are fatigued from many hours behind the wheel and do not react quickly to sudden changes in road conditions. A lack of skid marks at the scene of an accident may be evidence that an exhausted truck driver was asleep when an accident occurred. Our attorneys may analyze a truck driver’s log books to determine if the trucker violated the maximum number of hours allowed behind the wheel without rest.
Trucking companies may be liable for an accident if a big rig is not adequately maintained and a maintenance issue causes a truck to crash. A truck tire blowout can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. When we handle a tractor-trailer accident claim, our attorneys move quickly to preserve and analyze truck maintenance records. These types of records, which trucking companies only have to keep for a certain period of time, can provide critical evidence of a trucking company’s disregard for the safety of its fleet of trucks.
Who can be Held Liable for a Truck Collision?
One of the main differences between a truck accident and a “regular” car accident is the number of parties that could potentially be held liable. Of course, a truck accident still involves the truck driver and at least one other driver, but there are certain considerations that exist when a commercial vehicle is involved in a crash. For example, in many cases, a truck driver’s employer could be held liable for the conduct of the driver. In addition, if a problem with the way that cargo was secured resulted in an accident, the company responsible for loading the cargo into the truck could potentially be responsible for any injuries or damage that may have occurred.
Sometimes, truck accidents are caused by problems with the vehicles themselves. When this happens, victims may be able to pursue a legal claim against the vehicle manufacturer, the manufacturer of the vehicle part that failed, or even the company responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle. The most effective way to determine whether any of these situations apply in your case is to discuss your accident in detail with a skilled truck accident lawyer as soon as you can.