Many people die or are injured in trucking accidents in Mississippi each year. Major types of these accidents include jackknifing, head-on crashes, rollovers and tire blowouts. If you or another family member has suffered injuries in a collision with a big truck, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. It is important to contact an experienced injury lawyer who can help you understand the intricacies of Mississippi trucking law and ensure that all of your rights are protected.
Causes of Jackknife Trucking Accidents
A jackknife trucking accident occurs when the trailer of the truck swings out in a sharp angle, resembling the blade of a pocket knife. These types of accidents are typically caused by driver error or negligence, such as overcorrecting steering, failure to properly brake, excessive speed or poor weather conditions. In some cases, mechanical malfunction may contribute to a jackknife accident.
Causes of a Head-On Crash Involving a Big Rig
Head-on collisions involving large commercial trucks can have devastating consequences, such as traumatic injuries and fatalities. These types of accidents are often attributed to driver fatigue, distraction or inattention of the big rig driver, improper passing, failure to yield and unsafe merging. In some cases, a head-on crash may be caused by drug or alcohol impairment, lack of training and/or familiarity with the roads, or defective brakes.
Causes of Rollovers
Rollover trucking accidents can be incredibly dangerous for drivers and passengers in a commercial truck. These types of truck accidents are often caused by high speed turns, overcorrection of steering and road defects such as potholes or uneven pavement. Excessive cargo loading on the trailer can also put the truck at risk of tipping over.
Causes of Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts can be caused by a variety of different factors, including worn tires, inadequate tire maintenance or improper inflation. In addition to driver error, mechanical defects such as faulty brakes or suspension systems may also contribute to a truck’s tires blowing out.
Violating the Hours of Service Rule
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rules for the number of hours a trucker may be behind the wheel of a big rig. It also mandates rest breaks of thirty minutes for every eight hours driven. Unfortunately, some truckers do not abide by these rules, either because they are hurrying to get their products to their destination or are being pressured by the trucking company that employs them.
Why You Need a Lawyer When Trucking Accidents Are Involved
When you’re involved in a trucking accident, it can be an overwhelming experience. There are many different laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry, and understanding them all can be difficult. That’s why if you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who can help you navigate through the legal system and protect your rights.
A lawyer can handle everything associated with your trucking accident claim, from filing paperwork to collecting evidence and making sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Lawyers have expertise in understanding both federal and state laws related to trucking accidents, so they know exactly what needs to be done in order to get you the best possible outcome. They can also help you understand the various options available to you when it comes to insurance claims and any potential legal action.
The Diaz Law Firm: Mississippi Trucking Accident Lawyers
Contact the Diaz Law Firm when you’ve suffered a truck accident and want a free review of your claim by calling (601) 607-3456 or (800) 459-2222. You can also contact us online. Collisions that involve a big rig can leave you seriously injured with high medical costs, the inability to work and pain and suffering. If negligence by the trucker or their company was the cause, we will work hard to recover compensation for your trauma and financial losses.