Lawyers at Liston/Lancaster PLLC are well-qualified to handle personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving collisions with semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. As seasoned litigators, we thoroughly investigate the potential causes of truck accidents and prepare to take cases to trial. We have specific experience handling complex cases, involving multiple parties and multiple issues.
Our injury lawyers have represented accident and injury victims in Mississippi for more than 50 years, earning Liston/Lancaster's reputation as one of the most effective litigation firms in the state.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Mississippi
According to the most recent United States Department of Transportation data, there was an 8.7 percent increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2010. When collisions occur, car drivers and occupants are much more likely to be killed or injured than the truck driver. Indeed, compared to 866 truck occupants killed in single-vehicle and multivehicle accidents, large truck crashes resulted in 2,790 deaths to the occupants of other vehicles.
In addition to a semi-truck's size and weight, and the unavoidable dangers of the road, many aspects of the commercial trucking industry may contribute to the frequency of truck accidents. Truck drivers often work under pressure from carrier companies that emphasize speed of delivery over safety, causing drivers to engage in risky driving behaviors to log miles and meet tough deadlines. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
• Traveling too fast for conditions
• Following too closely
• Unfamiliarity with roadways
• Roadway problems
• Tire problems
• Brake problems
• Prescription and over-the-counter drug use
• Drunk driving
• Inadequate surveillance and inattention
• Illegal maneuvers
The trucking industry is highly regulated by state and federal transportation laws, which cover required safety equipment, truck weight limits, and drivers' hour requirements, among other safety precautions. Violations of these regulations, whether by intent or oversight, can also cause and contribute to accidents. Our truck accident attorneys know how to identify violations made by truck companies and drivers, increasing the likelihood of maximum recoveries for our clients.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in Jackson,Winona, or Grenada, MS
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle, please contact Liston/Lancaster PLLC to speak with an experienced injury lawyer during a complimentary evaluation of your case.