Commercial trucks are frequently the largest vehicles on the road. As a result, drivers and carriers are expected to comply with strict federal and state regulations. When a commercial truck is involved in a motor vehicle accident, the size of the vehicles often means the nature of the injuries victims suffer can be quite severe.
An accident involving a commercial vehicle is far more complex than the traditional automobile accident. Commercial trucks carry much larger insurance policies, and insurers will move quickly to minimize their liability and reduce the compensation paid to victims.
If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck accident in Minnesota, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel before speaking to any insurance company. Call (952) 345-1025 to contact JD Haas & Associates and receive a free analysis of your case.
Reasons Truck Accidents Occur
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the critical reason for 87 percent of commercial truck crashes is the driver. The vehicle itself was the crucial reason in 10 percent of cases, and the remaining 3 percent were based on the environment.
Driver critical reasons were broken into four categories:
- 12 percent of driver-caused crashes were the result of non-performance factors, such as driver fatigue or other physical impairments.
- 28 percent of driver-caused crashes were the result of recognition issues, such as distracted driving or failure to accurately assess other situations.
- 38 percent of driver-caused crashes were classified as decision issues. Such accidents may have involved speeding, tailgating, or other unsafe driving actions.
- 9 percent of driver-caused crashes involved performance issues, meaning drivers failed to adequately control their vehicles.
When the actual truck is the cause of the crash, any one of a number of factors could be the reason a collision occurred. Some of the most common vehicle issues include brake failure, tire blowouts, or other engine issues.
If a person is injured because of an unsafe commercial truck, numerous other parties could be liable in addition to the trucking carrier. A third party could be responsible for failure to maintain the vehicle, and a parts manufacturer could be liable if a defective part caused a crash.
Find a Truck Accident Lawyer in Minnesota
Were you severely injured or was your loved one killed in a commercial truck crash in Minnesota? You should avoid speaking to an insurance company for the carrier until you have legal representation. Contact JD Haas & Associates today.
Our firm can conduct a thorough, independent investigation of your crash to determine all negligent parties. We will negotiate for a full and fair settlement, and we are not afraid to file a lawsuit when an insurance company refuses to provide adequate compensation.
JD Haas & Associates represents victims all over the greater Bloomington area. You can receive a free consultation when you call (952) 345-1025 or contact us online today.