Truck accidents, which are also referred to as trucking accidents, or commercial truck accidents, are typically more catastrophic than those involving smaller motor vehicles. These commonly result in fatalities because of the size and scale of commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other carriers of large freight, which normally weigh an estimated 80,000 pounds nearly 25 times what an average car weighs.
Truck accidents like any motor vehicle accident can occur for a variety of reasons including distracted drivers, overloaded trucks, and road hazards. However, with many accidents involving commercial vehicles, other circumstances also commonly come into play. Regulations exist to help ensure the safety of commercial truck operations, but unfortunately, some owners and operators do not adhere to these standards, and may fail to properly maintain their vehicles for safety on the road. Some trucking companies also allow drivers that are inadequately trained or unlicensed to drive for them. Another major issue linked with commercial truck accidents is the length of time some drivers operate these vehicles without a break, when trying to meet certain deadlines that contribute to their being tired while driving, or falling asleep at the wheel. Additionally, because of the high costs involved in operating a commercial carrier, in many cases the truck owner or operator may try to cut corners on maintenance costs, making their vehicle less than safe.
The attorneys of Cooney & Conway are trusted advocates for victims of truck accidents who seek to ensure that those responsible are legally held accountable for contributing to their injuries. A trucking accident lawyer can provide resources for the investigation of the cause of an accident, which may include negligence on the part of drivers, companies, and also manufacturing mistakes.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a truck accident contact the Chicago vehicle accident attorneys of Cooney & Conway today. You may have a cause of action against the driver, their insurance company, or the manufacturer, owner, or operator of the commercial vehicle involved.