In October 2010, a settlement of almost $63 million was reached in a trucking accident lawsuit involving a Kansas City-based grocery store chain and the driver of a truck owned by the company. The lawsuit stemmed from an accident that killed ten people on the Oklahoma Turnpike in June 2009, with families of those killed alleging that the company failed to properly train and supervise the driver, who slammed into a line of traffic that was stopped on the turnpike.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, call the American Injury Attorney Group for more information about your options. In a free consultation, 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.
Negligence In Trucking
When an accident occurs involving negligence on the part of the driver of a tractor-trailer, the company owning the truck can be held responsible for injuries or deaths if it can be shown they did not properly train or supervise the driver. According to court documents filed in a trucking accident lawsuit, the driver of the truck had been on the road steadily, with no breaks, for more than 12 hours. It is speculated that the company required unreasonable delivery deadlines that led its driver to work longer hours than permitted under federal and state guidelines.
Trucking accident lawsuits can also be filed if a company ignores routine maintenance or fails to make repairs that might prevent an accident. Additionally, some companies hire drivers with a background of safety problems or drug and alcohol problems. When these drivers are involved in accidents, the trucking company could be liable in trucking accident lawsuits.
Truck drivers may also be negligent in causing semi-truck accidents when they fail to follow safety regulations. In Kansas City, Missouri, a 13-year old boy was killed when the driver of a tractor-trailer owned by the United States Postal Service allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. The intersection where the accident happened was a four-way stop with flashing lights above each sign, leading investigators to believe the driver was not paying attention.
In addition to inattention behind the wheel, large truck drivers may ignore regulations regarding the number of hours they are permitted to drive, as well as the requirement of breaks throughout those driving hours. Truck drivers have also been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These types of negligent actions can be a deadly combination when someone is controlling a truck that can weigh more than 80,000 pounds.
In 2012, large trucks accounted for four percent of registered vehicles in the United States, according to the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but accounted for eight percent of fatal accidents. Big trucks were involved in multi-vehicle accidents 81 percent of the time compared to only 58 percent in passenger vehicle accidents. In 2012, 73 percent of deaths in crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the large truck, according to the NHTSA.
Have Questions About Potential Trucking Accident Lawsuits?
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, contact the American Injury Attorney Group to learn more 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 semi truck accident attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.