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Green Bay, WI inadequate truck maintenance attorneyTractor-trailer trucks are massive vehicles, dwarfing the passenger cars and trucks that most people use in their daily lives. The size and weight of commercial trucks makes them incredibly dangerous, and those who are involved in a truck accident are likely to be seriously injured or killed. Because of this, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to take steps to protect the safety of the public. However, one way they may fail to do so is by failing to perform proper maintenance on a truck.

The Dangers of Inadequate Maintenance

Semi-trailer trucks should be regularly inspected, and scheduled maintenance should be performed to ensure a truck is operating safely. In addition, truck drivers should inspect their vehicles before and after trips and address any issues they discover. Truck accidents can occur if the following types of maintenance are not performed:

  • Brakes - The air brakes used by semi-trucks are complex and have many parts which can fail if not maintained properly. Brakes should be checked to ensure they are adjusted properly and to discover any issues with parts such as brake shoes or air valves.
  • Tires - If tires are underinflated, this can affect a truck’s weight distribution and cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. Worn or overinflated tires can cause a blowout, and if this occurs at a high speed, a rollover accident or other type of collision may occur.
  • Suspension - A truck’s shock absorbers and other components of its suspension system can become worn, especially if the truck carries a lot of weight. Suspension system failure can lead to bouncing or shaking that may affect a truck driver’s ability to avoid a collision.
  • Steering - Deterioration of a truck’s steering system can result in a driver losing control of their vehicle and colliding with other cars or trucks.
  • Engines - Leaks in engine fluids such as oil or coolant can cause a truck’s engine to overheat or catch on fire.
  • Trailer couplings - Flaws in the systems used to attach a trailer to a truck can result in a trailer becoming decoupled, which can lead to dangerous collisions.
  • Lighting and electrical - If headlights, taillights, or other lights on a truck or trailer are not working properly, other drivers may be unable to see or react in time to avoid a collision with a truck.

Contact an Appleton, WI Truck Accident Attorney

If you are involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer truck, the injuries and damages you suffer may affect you for years, or even for the rest of your life. When these injuries occur because of a negligent trucking company or driver that did not perform the proper maintenance, they should be held responsible for the harm that was done to you. To learn how our Green Bay personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for a truck accident injury, contact our office at 920-730-7366 to arrange a free consultation.

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Green Bay falling truck cargo injury lawyerWhen another vehicle collides with a commercial truck, the driver or passengers in that vehicle are likely to suffer serious injuries. Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but unsecured cargo is one particularly dangerous issue that can affect everyone on the road. When a truck’s load is not properly secured, cargo may fall from the truck. This can damage other vehicles and harm drivers or passengers, or it may create debris in the roadway that leads to collisions between other vehicles. Cargo that is not loaded properly may also affect the balance of a truck, resulting in a rollover accident, and cargo that shifts during travel can cause a driver to lose control of their truck and collide with other vehicles.

Responsibility for Properly Securing Cargo

When a truck’s cargo is not secured correctly, and a truck accident occurs as a result, there may be multiple parties who are liable for the injuries and damages suffered by victims. These parties may include:

  • The truck driver - If a driver did not properly inspect their truck to ensure that the cargo was fully secured, this is considered negligence. Drivers should not only inspect cargo after it was loaded, but they should also perform regular inspections throughout the course of a trip.
  • Truck loaders - The person or company who was responsible for loading cargo on a truck must follow the proper loading procedures and ensure that cargo is secured correctly. A company may be liable for injuries which occurred because it failed to meet these requirements or because it did not provide proper training to its employees.
  • The trucking company - If a trucking company did not provide the equipment necessary to safely secure a load, if it did not perform the proper maintenance or replace worn equipment, or if it did not properly train truck drivers on cargo inspection, the company may be liable for injuries suffered because of unsecured cargo.
  • Equipment manufacturers - If the equipment used to secure a load was faulty or defective, the manufacturer of this equipment may be held responsible for damages that occurred as a result.

Contact Our Appleton Unsecured Cargo Accident Lawyers

Unsecured, overloaded, or falling cargo can be incredibly dangerous. If cargo-related issues cause a truck to collide with another car, truck, or motorcycle, or if debris in the road results in a pileup between multiple vehicles, those who were responsible for the accident should be identified, which will allow victims to recover compensation from all liable parties. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our Green Bay truck accident attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your accident and work to ensure that you are fully compensated for your damages. Contact us today at 920-739-7366 to schedule a free consultation.

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Appleton truck accident attorney driver fatigue

Tractor-trailer trucks are a familiar sight on the roads in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. Because many people are used to driving around large trucks, they may not realize the dangers that these vehicles present. Unfortunately, the drivers and passengers in other vehicles are likely to be seriously injured in a collision with a semi-trailer truck. In fact, out of the 4,102 people who were killed in truck accidents in the United States in 2017, only 683 were the drivers or occupants of trucks. Occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians made up 82% of the fatalities in semi-truck accidents, demonstrating the risks that these massive vehicles present. 

Truck drivers are required to take extreme care to protect the safety of those on the road. Unfortunately, negligence on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies can result in serious or fatal accidents. One common cause of these accidents is driver fatigue.

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Green Bay truck accident lawyerHere in the United States, thousands of commercial truck drivers travel on the roads each day to deliver their cargo. Commercial trucking is a massive industry nationwide, and it is an integral aspect of interstate commerce. However, due to the sheer number of semi-trailer trucks on the road, accidents and collisions are inevitable. 

When a commercial truck driver collides with a standard motor vehicle, the injuries suffered by drivers and passengers are often incredibly severe, and in many cases, they are fatal. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 4,700 Americans were killed in motor vehicle collisions involving commercial trucks in 2017. If a member of your family suffers injuries in a commercial trucking accident, you may be entitled to significant injury compensation. 

Identifying Negligence in Truck Accidents

Just like in any other car accident case, in a motor vehicle collision involving a commercial truck, the victim’s attorney must be able to prove that the other party’s negligence ultimately led to the collision. However, a commercial trucking accident may differ from other car accident cases in that negligence does not only have to come in the form of driver error. 

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Wisconsin truck accident lawyersDriving near or behind a semi truck can cause anxiety and trepidation, even for the most seasoned of drivers. The reasons are many, but it all comes down to one thing: they are large and accidents with them can be devastating. The same can be said of accidents involving debris and fallen cargo. What options do victims have when they are injured because of such an incident? The following information explains. 

Road Debris versus Debris from a Truck - Understanding the Difference 

Like other vehicles, semis sometimes run over road debris, but because the semi is far larger than another vehicle, the debris can then be catapulted on or into the vehicle of another driver. Typically, such accidents are seen as unexpected and unforeseen events, so compensation may be difficult to obtain. However, if the debris comes from the truck itself - be it cargo or otherwise - the victim of the accident may be owed compensation. Still, victims often experience great difficulty when trying to obtain compensation for such accidents. 

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