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Truck Accidents

Dickinson Truck Accident Lawyers

Pursuing Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries

Truck accidents are often some of the most severe and devastating accidents that can occur on the roads of North Dakota. While truck drivers are trained to drive carefully and cautiously, the sheer size and weight of these vehicles make them inherently dangerous to other vehicles on the road. In fact, in many cases, truck accidents are fatal.

At Maring Williams Law Office, we know how devastating a truck accident can be. That is why we fight to hold negligent truck drivers accountable for their actions and to ensure that our clients are fully compensated for their injuries and other losses.

If you were injured in a truck accident, we encourage you to contact our team at (701) 543-6685 to discuss your legal options.

Common Types of Truck Accident

A truck accident refers to a collision or incident involving a truck, which is a large motor vehicle designed to transport goods or cargo. These accidents can result in varying degrees of damage, injury, and even fatalities. Truck accidents can occur for various reasons, including driver error, mechanical failures, adverse weather conditions, or road hazards.

Common types of truck accidents include:

  • Rear-End Collisions: These occur when a truck strikes the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions can happen if the truck driver is following too closely or unable to stop in time due to various factors.
  • Head-On Collisions: Head-on collisions happen when a truck and another vehicle collide frontally. These accidents are often severe and can lead to catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
  • Jackknife Accidents: A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer of the truck swings out to one side, resembling the angle of a partially open pocket knife. This can happen when the truck loses control, often due to slippery road conditions or sudden braking.
  • Rollover Accidents: Rollover accidents happen when a truck tips over onto its side or roof. These accidents can be caused by various factors, including sharp turns, high-speed maneuvers, or uneven road surfaces.
  • Underride Accidents: An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle collides with the rear or side of a truck and becomes lodged underneath it. This type of accident is particularly dangerous and can result in severe injuries or fatalities.
  • T-Bone or Side-Impact Collisions: T-bone accidents occur when the front of a truck collides with the side of another vehicle, often at an intersection. These accidents can be deadly, especially for occupants of the vehicle struck from the side.
  • Runaway Truck Accidents: These accidents happen when a truck loses its brakes or experiences brake failure, making it difficult or impossible for the driver to stop or slow down. This can lead to collisions with other vehicles or objects.
  • Tire Blowouts: When a truck's tire suddenly bursts while in motion, it can lead to loss of control and accidents. Blowouts can be caused by worn-out tires, overloading, or road debris.
  • Cargo Spills: Some truck accidents involve cargo spills, where the truck's cargo is improperly secured or the trailer's integrity is compromised. Spilled cargo can create road hazards and lead to additional accidents.
  • Fatigue-Related Accidents: Truck driver fatigue can lead to accidents when a tired driver loses focus, falls asleep at the wheel, or reacts more slowly to traffic conditions.
  • Distracted Driving Accidents: Like any motor vehicle driver, truck drivers can also become distracted by activities such as texting, talking on the phone, or using in-cab devices, which can lead to accidents.
  • Weather-Related Accidents: Adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, or fog can reduce visibility and traction, making it more challenging for truck drivers to control their vehicles and avoid accidents.

Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?

Truck accidents can involve a number of different parties, each of which may be liable for the accident and the resulting injuries. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your accident to determine who is liable for your injuries. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you are justly compensated for your damages and losses.

Here are some parties that can potentially be held liable for causing a truck accident:

  • Truck Driver: The truck driver can be held liable if their negligence or recklessness led to the accident. Common driver-related causes of accidents include speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving (e.g., due to alcohol or drugs), fatigue, and failure to obey traffic laws.
  • Trucking Company: The trucking company that employs the driver may also bear responsibility, especially if they were negligent in their hiring, training, or supervision of the driver. If the company encourages or tolerates unsafe practices, they may be liable as well. Additionally, if the truck was poorly maintained or not inspected as required, the company can be held responsible.
  • Vehicle Manufacturer or Maintenance Provider: If a defect in the truck's design or manufacturing contributed to the accident, the vehicle manufacturer may be held liable. Similarly, if a third-party maintenance provider improperly serviced the truck and this contributed to the accident, they could be considered liable.
  • Cargo Loaders and Shippers: If improper loading or securing of the cargo played a role in the accident, the parties responsible for loading and securing the cargo, such as the shipper or logistics company, may be held liable. Cargo shifts or spills can lead to loss of control or other dangerous situations for truck drivers.
  • Government Entities: In some cases, road conditions or poor signage maintained by government entities can contribute to accidents. If a hazardous road condition, such as a pothole or lack of adequate warning signs, played a role in the accident, the government agency responsible for maintaining the road may be held liable.
  • Other Drivers: Liability for a truck accident is not always solely on the truck driver or their employer. If another driver's actions, such as reckless driving, sudden lane changes, or running a red light, led to the accident, they may be held liable.
  • Weather and Environmental Factors: Sometimes, adverse weather conditions or unexpected environmental factors can contribute to truck accidents. While these factors may not involve human negligence, they can still play a role in determining liability, particularly if drivers fail to adjust their driving behavior accordingly.
  • Contractors and Subcontractors: In cases where a trucking company has outsourced certain functions to contractors or subcontractors (e.g., maintenance, inspections), these third parties may be held responsible if their negligence or errors contributed to the accident.

Why Choose Us?

At Maring Williams Law Office, we know how difficult it can be to cope with a truck accident. With medical bills piling up, a truck accident can make it difficult to focus on anything else.

When you turn to our firm for help, you can rest easy knowing that we are here to fight for you. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you are justly compensated for your injuries and other losses. We will do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.

Call (701) 543-6685 or contact us online today to schedule a free case review.

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