Fargo Truck Accident Attorney
Compensation for Truck Accidents in North Dakota
Have you or someone close to you been involved in a wreck with a truck? Large commercial trucks are vital components of our economy, but they are also known to pose immense risks due to their size, weight, and difficulty to operate and maintain.
If you have been in an accident with a big rig, there is a chance you have suffered severe and maybe even permanent injuries that require extensive and costly medical treatment—perhaps for life.
At Solberg Stewart Miller, our Fargo truck accident attorneys can help you attain the compensation, medical treatment, and justice you deserve, no matter how serious your condition. We represent injured clients throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.
Types of Truck Accidents
There are many types of accidents that a truck may cause. Some of the most common include:
Blind spots: A truck’s blind spots are large, so if a driver isn’t being careful, they may steer their truck directly into another nearby vehicle.
Head on: Head-on collisions with large trucks are extremely devastating.
Jackknife: Jackknifing describes what happens when a large truck folds into itself to form a 90-degree angle between the can and the trailer. This is usually caused by the force of a driver braking too hard and too suddenly.
Lost load: If a truck has been improperly loaded with freight, or the truck’s goods somehow otherwise become loose, the truck can lose balance and hit nearby cars.
Rear-end: If a truck driver isn’t paying attention and drives into the back of another vehicle, the motorist in front can suffer catastrophic injuries due to the weight of the truck.
Rollover: When a truck driver loses control of their vehicle, it can slide and rollover. These accidents also take many other vehicles down with them.
T-bone: T-bone accidents tend to happen when a truck driver runs a red light and hits another vehicle perpendicularly as a result.
Tire blowout: Tire blowouts can happen to any vehicle if a tire is punctured or not well maintained. Since this usually causes a truck driver to lose control, surrounding vehicles are at risk.
Underride: When a vehicle becomes lodged under a truck’s trailer during an accident, this is called an underride. Underrides are generally the deadliest truck accidents.
Wide turn: A truck driver can trap vehicles or even pedestrians if they make a wide turn too wide.
To learn more, contact Solberg Stewart Miller for a free case evaluation with a Fargo truck accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucks accidents have two main causes—driver error and the improper maintenance of trucks.
Common occurrences that result in truck accidents include:
- Bad road conditions
- Bad weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Driver failure to obey traffic laws
- Driver fatigue
- Impaired driving
- Improper cargo loading
- Lack of driver experience
- Lack of regular truck maintenance
- Mechanical defects
- Poor judgment
- Tire blowouts
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
Truck accidents can happen in myriad ways and have numerous causes. Therefore, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for your medical bills when you have been in an accident caused by a commercial truck.
Usually one of the following parties can be held liable for a truck accident depending on the cause:
The truck driver
The truck owner
The trucking company that employs the driver
The loading company who placed cargo in the truck
The manufacturer of the truck
The manufacturer of the truck’s parts
For example, if your accident was caused by a truck’s tire blowing out, the truck’s owner might be held responsible for not regularly checking and changing the tires.
If your accident was caused by a driver falling asleep at the wheel, the trucking company might be at fault for pressuring them to adhere to a strenuous schedule. However, if the truck driver was speeding, they will likely be found to be at fault.
Liability can also be tough to determine because there are often multiple vehicles caught up in truck wrecks, making the accident scene disorderly and hectic.
A lawyer can help you definitively determine liability by investigating the accident scene and putting together the necessary evidence and paperwork on your behalf.