Holding Trucking Companies Liable for Negligence in Rhode Island
Trucking accidents can cause severe, life-changing injuries in an instant. It is only fair for the trucking company to pay the victim compensation that helps them recover and try to get their life back to something close to normal. Yet most trucking companies and their insurers won't take one step to benefit truck accident survivors because they don't want to lose profits.
If you were hit by a commercial truck in Providence, then you come to Karns & Kerrison right away for prompt, responsive legal counsel.
We can manage your case from start to finish, whether you were hit by a:
- Big rig
- Utility truck
- Delivery truck
- Or any other type of commercial truck
Our law firm has the experience and resources needed to handle such complex cases and pursue the most compensation possible for our clients.
On This Page:
- Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
- Common Truck Accident Injuries
- Let Our Attorneys Help
What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
At the center of many truck accidents is the truck driver's negligence. Truck drivers need to control their large vehicles expertly and always pay attention to the road.
One moment of negligence is all it takes to cause a terrible crash that seriously injures motorists in smaller vehicles. Indeed, many truck drivers can walk away from an accident that they caused without a scratch.
Mistakes that truck drivers make that can cause truck accidents include:
- Driving while distracted, such as looking at a smartphone or GPS.
- Driving while exhausted, such as at the end of a 14-hour shift.
- Driving while impaired, such as by daytime medicines meant to keep the driver awake.
- Speeding to try to complete a delivery route in less time.
How to Determine Liability in a Truck Accident
Figuring out liability is a major step in a truck accident claim. The blame might not rest only on the truck driver. Other parties could be partially liable for what happened due to unique forms of negligence that they carried out. Some truck accidents are caused by third-party negligence.
For example, if you were hit by a truck driver without a commercial driver's license (CDL), then the trucking company that employed them could be the root cause of the crash. Or, if a truck crashes due to its trailer being loaded top-heavy, then the company that loaded the trailer could be to blame.
Who Can be Held Liable for Truck Accidents?
Liable defendants in your truck accident claim could include:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Truck part manufacturer
- Load or freight company
We can conduct careful investigations to determine the right liable party for your case. By using evidence to uncover liability, we can help move your case along more quickly. Our truck accident lawyers in Providence won't lose time filing against the wrong parties.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
The massive size of a commercial truck is the main reason why truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries so often. A commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is about 25 times the weight of the average passenger vehicle.
The huge weight disparity creates a force disparity in an impact, so the worst of the force is placed upon the smaller vehicle, resulting in life-changing injuries or fatalities.
It is not uncommon for truck accidents to cause:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Paralysis or back injuries
- Permanent disfigurements
Our Providence truck accident attorneys know how to carefully calculate the damages owed to you based on the severity of your injuries and how much your life has changed since the accident. We want to secure every penny owed to you, either through settlement negotiations or in-court litigation.
Let Our Providence Truck Accident Lawyers Help Your Case
Build a strong truck accident claim the stress-free way by coming to Karns & Kerrison in Providence, Rhode Island. When our team is in charge of your case, you can be confident that it is progressing correctly without delay. While we work, you rest – it really can be that simple!
Call 401-841-5300 now to schedule a free consultation with our skilled Providence truck accident lawyer. The team at Karns & Kerrison is standing by to help.