Representing Injury Victims In Truck Accidents Arising From Any Cause

After a commercial truck accident, attorneys at Karns Law Group can initiate an investigation with the goal of determining how and why the crash occurred. If we represent you, we will devote our resources and efforts to discovering the cause of your accident, such as the following:

  • Inappropriate hiring and training by a trucking company: Commercial trucking companies are responsible for the proper hiring and training of their drivers. Frequently, trucking companies play a role in truck accidents by allowing inexperienced drivers on the road or by placing drivers with a history of traffic violations or poor driving habits behind the wheel. Brokers looking for ways to cut costs may acquire drivers through cheaper trucking companies. In quite a few truck accident cases, trucking companies' attempts to cut corners have been identified as contributing to crashes when truck driver error was to blame.
  • A distracted driver: As of 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the percentage of traffic accidents involving distracted drivers was as high as 20 percent, with that percentage increasing over time. Distracted driving is recognized as a serious problem among commercial truck drivers. Semitruck drivers are under extreme pressure to meet deadlines, and they often operate their trucks while distracted by extreme sleep deprivation. Some suffer from sleep apnea and continue to drive commercial vehicles on public roadways. Others are distracted by cellphone use, sometimes including texting while driving or use of GPS devices or tablet computers while at the wheel.
  • An impaired driver: A number of truckers are impaired by alcohol or drugs, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs such as stimulants designed to keep a person awake.
  • Inadequate truck maintenance: Federal and state regulations require commercial trucking companies to maintain their fleets in safe operating condition. Trucking companies often fail to perform mandatory maintenance and safety inspections, sending tractor-trailers with substandard tires, brakes, headlights or mechanical problems out onto the public roadways. This is a recipe for disaster.
  • An overloaded or improperly loaded truck: Excessive weight or improperly secured cargo can cause load shifting. Load shifting is often found to be a cause of trucks leaving their lanes and trailers tipping over.
  • Trucking regulation violations: Operations of interstate and intrastate trucks are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Regulations cover matters such as under truck guard bar requirements, speed limits under hazardous weather conditions, use of signals and reflectors, use of warning cones for trucks stopped by the side of the road, and truck driver log entry requirements.

At the same time that we are investigating the cause of your truck accident, we will conduct a detailed search for all levels of responsibility that may be relevant to your case, including:

  • Truck driver liability
  • Liability insurance covering the tractor that pulls an 18-wheeler or other large trucks
  • Liability insurance covering the trailer containing the load of cargo
  • Third-party liability when trucking operations are contracted for by outside parties
  • Loading dock crew liability
  • Truck maintenance company liability

Contact Our Commercial Trucking Accident Lawyers In Providence

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in an accident involving a commercial vehicle of any kind, we can help. Our lawyers invite you to contact our firm locally by calling 401-239-1085, toll free at 888-KARNS-LAW or contacting us via email to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your rights and options.