Fatal Large Truck Accidents: Causation and Wrongful Death
Columbus, Dublin, New Albany and all of Ohio
Traffic crashes are frequently called “accidents.” But an accident implies that no one is responsible for the crash. This may be true for some crashes, but for most crashes, it is negligence or other misconduct that cause the crash. When your loved one is killed in a large truck crash caused by the wrongful conduct of a driver or trucking company, a wrongful death lawsuit can hold these wrongdoers accountable for your loss.
Some large truck crashes are the result of a pattern of misconduct by the driver or trucking company. When your loved one is involved in a fatal crash with a large truck, you likely do not know whether the driver or company has a pattern of misconduct that increased the likelihood of the crash. The wrongful death attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., LPA in Columbus can investigate this for you and recommend an appropriate course of action. To learn about your legal options, please call 800-944-0755 or email us for a free case evaluation.
Trucking Company Conduct That Causes Accidents
Large trucks are governed by rules of the road. However, not all trucking companies follow the rules, often with deadly consequences. Some types of misconduct that can lead to serious or fatal truck accidents include:
- Hiring drivers with a poor driving record
- Allowing drivers on the road despite drug or alcohol habits
- Allowing or encouraging drivers to forge Hours of Service (HoS) log books to stay on the road longer
- Failing to perform scheduled maintenance
- Failing to inspect cargo securement
When trucking companies do these things, it can lead to deadly crashes. Unskilled drivers and those with drug or alcohol habits are much more likely to cause a truck accident. When drivers forge their logbook, they become much more likely to cause an accident. Lack of proper maintenance can lead to brake or other equipment failure. And poorly secured cargo is usually an accident waiting to happen.
These types of negligence can support a wrongful death lawsuit.
Money Is the Motive
Tucking companies sometimes view conduct like that listed above as a way to increase profits. By cutting corners, they put you and your loved ones at risk for serious injury or death. Fines from government regulators often amount to nothing more than a small slap on the wrist. However, a wrongful death lawsuit strikes directly at trucking companies’ ill-gotten profits. A wrongful death lawsuit can actually hold a trucking company accountable for the damages caused by their misconduct.
And compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can help you pay bills and take care of other concerns so you can focus on caring for yourself and your family after your sudden and unexpected loss.