What are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Michigan?
Accident Attorneys in the Tri-County Area With Answers to Your Questions
Truck accidents have a variety of different causes in Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland counties and across Southeast Michigan. Our lawyers at Fraser & Souweidane know, however, that oftentimes a serious truck accident can be traced back to the negligent behavior of either the truck driver or the company that employed the truck driver. If you did nothing to cause your crash, we believe you shouldn't have to foot the bill for somebody else's mistake. Contact us today to discuss your options with an attorney who knows how to protect your rights. Call (866) 465-9095.
In some cases, truck drivers simply are not paying attention. We urge all drivers to avoid using cellphones, but this is especially critical for truck drivers, who are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, regulates the trucking industry and has a long list of rules that the industry must abide by. Additionally, federal law bans texting while driving in all states for truck drivers. Unfortunately, distracted driving has become all-too common. Instead of focusing on the road, a truck driver may be focusing on his or her cell phone instead. Other times, a truck driver may fail to take mandatory breaks and fall asleep at the wheel, causing a fatigued driver accident. Other common causes of truck accidents in Michigan can include:
- Overloaded Trucks - By law, trucks are only allowed to carry a certain amount of weight. Despite this, many truck companies put profits ahead of safety and overload trucks to turn over a greater profit. Overloaded trucks become much more difficult to control or stop, leaving all drivers on the road in immediate danger.
- Impaired Drivers - Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Michigan, but that doesn't stop some truck drivers from using artificial stimulants to stay awake and alert behind the wheel. The use of alcohol or drugs, however, can lead to impairment and put the lives of others at risk.
- Poorly Maintained Trucks. Truck companies are required by law to properly inspect and maintain their vehicles, including essential safety equipment such as brakes, traffic signals and horns. A negligent record of safety - or incomplete safety record - could be grounds to file a lawsuit against a careless trucking company.
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At Fraser & Souweidane, our Detroit truck accident attorneys understand that the days, weeks and months following an accident can be difficult and confusing. But the decisions you make immediately following your accident could mean the difference between a successful recovery and years of financial hardship due to costly medical bills, lost wages from missing work, and other financial losses. Insurance companies might try to pressure you into accepting an unreasonable settlement that might not cover the full cost of your injuries.
The experienced attorneys at Fraser & Souweidane bring over 45 years of experience to the table when we fight for truck accident victims. We're ready and willing to stand up for your rights. Contact us today at (866) 465-9095 for a free case consultation. As contingency fee lawyers, we won't nickel and dime you. You only pay after we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.