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What Factors Are Investigated in Mississippi Truck Accidents?

In 2014 -- the last year with complete data -- wrecks involving large trucks took the lives of 81 people in Mississippi. The year before that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 63 people died in Mississippi truck accidents.

For obvious reasons, crashes with 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks often leave victims with severe injuries. A 1-ton car doesn't have much of a chance against a 40-ton vehicle moving at a high rate of speed. Consequently, truck accident victims can face a lifetime of medical problems, along with major financial harm resulting from the wreck.

The trucking industry is strictly regulated for good reason, but truck drivers and trucking companies still cut corners and put people's lives at risk.

Because commercial vehicles are so large and heavy, and because they are on the road to make money, the trucking industry is highly regulated. Too often, when truck drivers or trucking companies fail to follow the rules, other people pay the price.

At B. Geoffrey Harrison PA, when we investigate a truck accident, we look into all possible safety violations that may have caused the wreck. Such violations include the following:

  • Hours of service violations. These occur when a driver stays behind the wheel or on the job for too many hours. Truck driver fatigue is a common result of hours-of-service violations.
  • Insufficient training of truck drivers
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Improper loading of the truck
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Distracted driving

Interviews with witnesses and a detailed accident reconstruction are typically necessary to uncover the factors listed here.

Truck accident evidence is complex and time-sensitive.

To obtain the maximum compensation for truck accident injuries, you need a lawyer who can act quickly and who knows where to look for evidence that will strengthen your case. For example, truck drivers are supposed to keep hours-of-service logs, and trucking companies are supposed to keep accurate records that are accessible in the event of a wreck.

A skilled and aggressive lawyer can investigate these records and effectively use them in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Truck wrecks are more complex than other kinds of accidents because more than one or two parties may be liable.

The parties that are potentially liable for a truck wreck include the truck driver, the truck driver's employer, the owner of the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the owner of the cab, the truck manufacturer and all of these parties' insurance companies.

After a wreck, each of the potentially liable parties must be properly notified of an injury or wrongful death claim, and a lawyer is best suited to make those notifications.

For more on what to do after a collision with a commercial vehicle in Mississippi or Louisiana, please see our list of frequently asked questions about truck accidents.

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