Biloxi, MS Lawyer Protecting Your Rights After a Truck Accident
Serving clients injured in tractor-trailer, semi-truck and 18-wheeler accidents
Tractor-trailers and large trucks serve an important role in commerce. Without them, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to transport goods across the country in a reasonable amount of time. However, semi-trucks are massive, and if they are not maintained and operated properly, they can maim and even kill. Van Cleave Law has fought passionately for injured Mississippians in and around Gulfport. From our office in Biloxi, our award-winning legal team works diligently to help you obtain maximum compensation in your truck accident injury case.
Common types of truck accidents
Have you or a loved one been injured by a tractor-trailer? You may wonder who is to blame for your injuries and what, if anything, can be done. Whether your accident / wreck is caused by a drunk driver, driver error, failure to follow safety rules, or a distracted driver using a cellphone, we will help you file a claim for compensation. Many semi-truck accident victims suffer injuries in the following types of accidents / wrecks:
- Driver intoxication — A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol poses a serious danger to fellow motorists.
- Distracted driver — A truck driver who looks away from the road for a moment may collide with a nearby vehicle or even oncoming traffic.
- Overloaded truck — Shipping companies that improperly load trucks cause the trucks to become unstable and difficult to maneuver, often leading to wrecks.
- Vehicle defect — A defective tire, brake or hitch can malfunction without notice and cause a terrible wreck or accident.
What types of trucks cause accidents?
Tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are used to transport goods across the country. These vehicles consist of a cab and an attached trailer. The trailer and its cargo greatly determine the weight and maneuverability of the vehicle. However, even without a trailer, semi-trucks are difficult to steer and require specialized training. Large trucks, such as the ones used by FedEx, UPS and other shipping companies, are equally cumbersome and capable of causing serious injuries.
Truck accidents lead to more severe injuries
Trucks often weigh many times more than passenger cars, making them especially difficult to stop and control. When a collision occurs between an 18-wheeler and a passenger car, injuries to occupants of the car are often catastrophic, if not fatal. Survivors of trucking accidents frequently require extensive surgeries, therapies and treatments. Moreover, depending on the full extent of their injuries, they may require lifelong medical care.
Liability in truck accidents
In a trucking accident, several parties may be at fault. If the crash was caused by driver error — fatigue, intoxication, distraction — the driver is to blame. However, the trucking company may also be held liable if the driver is underage or not properly licensed or trained, or if the company fails to administer routine drug tests. If the cause of the accident is traced back to a defective automotive component, the vehicle manufacturer may be at fault. If improperly loaded cargo leads to the accident, the company responsible for loading the truck may be responsible.
Receive personalized care from a dedicated Biloxi truck accident lawyer.
An accident with a truck can change your life and interaction with your family forever. At Van Cleave Law, we are proud to advocate on behalf of injury victims throughout Gulfport, Biloxi and the entire State of Mississippi. Come into our office in Biloxi to schedule a free initial consultation, or call 228.432.7826 or contact us online.
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