Accidents involving large trucks are common. A National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration report for 2011 notes 88,000 large truck accidents in the United States in which there were injuries. In 2012, the number of these accidents with injuries increased 18 percent to 104,000.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, contact Attorney Group for Mississippi for more information about your options. At no out-of-pocket cost to you, we can answer your questions. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Negligent Conduct in Trucking
In Mississippi in 2012, there were 684 injury accidents that involved large trucks. In addition, Mississippi semi-truck accidents took the lives of 44 people.
Some of these events were avoidable, but for negligent conduct on the part of drivers or trucking companies. Negligent conduct by truck drivers includes:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Road rage and other aggressive driving tactics
- Falling asleep at the wheel, or driving when fatigued
- Texting, talking on a cell phone or other forms of distracted driving
Sometimes, it is the trucking firm that might be negligent, such as when the desire to meet deadlines takes precedence over safety. Trucking companies may:
- Generate overly ambitious schedules that put undue pressure on drivers
- Delay the replacement of worn or damaged truck parts to save money
- Delay inspections to save money
- Ask drivers to log more hours than federal regulations permit
During an investigation following an accident, negligent third party conduct may also be discovered. Examples of third party negligence includes:
- Deficiencies in performing contracted maintenance
- Producing parts that fail to meet specifications
- Installing defective computerized systems that fail
Mississippi trucking accident lawsuits are often filed when negligence is determined to be the cause of a trucking accident. Injured victims, and survivors of those killed, can seek compensation in court for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, long-term rehabilitation and other expenses. In wrongful death trucking accident lawsuits, survivors may seek compensation for burial expenses, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.
Large truck accident cases may be complex in nature, and legal counsel is usually recommended. Attorneys that have filed Mississippi trucking accident lawsuits may have insight into less obvious causes of truck wrecks and may be able to accurately assess how negligence contributed to the accident.
Have Questions About a Potential Trucking Accident Lawsuit?
Contact Attorney Group for Mississippi if you have questions about filing a large truck lawsuit. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and if you have a case we can connect you with a Mississippi trucking accident attorney who can assist you with your claim.