How Common Are Accidents Caused by Truck Drivers?

Truck accidents are some of the deadliest vehicle accidents in the country. Roughly 500,000 truck accidents occur each year in the United States, and truck accidents account for about 11 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities each year. Every driver needs to understand the dangers that large commercial trucks present, and they should know their options for legal recourse after suffering damages in these accidents.

One of the most difficult aspects of pursuing a truck accident claim is determining liability for the incident. It is common for a truck accident to implicate more than one party as liable for the resulting damages.

Potentially Liable Parties in a Truck Accident Claim

Commercial truck drivers have a higher duty of care to drive safely than private individuals driving for their own purposes. Since truck driving is their primary job duty, they have a professional responsibility to operate their vehicles as safely as possible. Truck drivers can cause accidents through negligent errors, inattention, and driving under the influence. Still, it is also possible for a truck driver to share liability with another party such as the owner of the truck, the trucking company that employs the driver, or a third party:

These are just a few of the possible challenges a plaintiff in a trucking accident claim could face when establishing liability for their damages.

Most Common Reasons for Trucking Accidents Caused by Truck Drivers

Many trucking accidents implicate drivers as solely liable for the damages resulting from these incidents. In these situations, the truck driver can be entirely responsible for paying the victim’s losses. While their personal auto insurance policy may cover some of the victim’s losses, it is highly unlikely their auto insurance alone will fully cover the damages from a serious trucking accident.

When truck accidents happen due to the negligent actions of truck drivers, some of the most common causes include:

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a truck driver’s actions, an experienced truck driving accident attorney could help you determine liability for your damages and pursue compensation on your behalf.

At the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, we understand how devastating the effects of a trucking accident can be for victims and their families. Contact us today and schedule a consultation with our team to determine your best available options for legal recourse following a trucking accident.


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