Questions about Columbus Truck Accidents

Columbus Truck Accident Attorney

What are some of the common causes of truck accidents?

The underlying causes of truck accidents can be complex. In many accidents, several contributing factors come together resulting in an accident. For instance, a driver who is suffering from fatigue and the stress of an unrealistic schedule may not react quickly or appropriately when cut off by a reckless driver. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Unrealistic schedules
  • Driver fatigue
  • Intoxication
  • Inexperienced truck driver
  • Distracted truck driver
  • Excessive speed
  • Improperly loaded truck
  • Defective truck or equipment
  • Inadequate truck maintenance
  • Defective roadway
  • Erratic behavior of another driver
  • Hazardous road conditions

Who can pursue compensation for truck accident injuries and other harm caused by truck accidents?

Truck accidents can result in multicar pileups, overpass and bridge collapse, injuries to pedestrians, bystanders, and people in nearby buildings, and property damage. Truck accident victims who may be entitled to compensation can include:

  • Drivers and passengers of other vehicles
  • Truck driver and passengers
  • Pedestrians
  • Bystanders
  • People in nearby buildings who are injured by the accident
  • Owners of property and businesses damaged by the accident
  • Loved ones of those who are killed in fatal truck accidents

Who can be held responsible for my truck accident injuries?

The underlying causes of your truck accident will point us to the responsible party or parties. For instance, if the truck malfunctioned we will investigate whether it was due to inadequate truck maintenance on the part of the trucking company, or a defect for which the truck or parts manufacturer can be held responsible. If the truck driver caused your accident, the trucking company will typically be held responsible. Responsible parties in Columbus truck accidents can include:

  • Trucking company (carrier)
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck parts or equipment manufacturer
  • Truck driver
  • Freight shipper
  • Freight broker
  • Third party logistics provider (3PL)
  • Weigh station or weigh station personnel
  • Government agency or entity responsible for design, construction, or maintenance of roadway
  • Other drivers

Do truck drivers have to have a special driver’s license?

Yes. It is called a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Truck drivers must undergo special training and pass rigorous testing to obtain their CDLs.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident in Ohio, we know you have questions. Please call Columbus truck accident attorney Anthony Castelli at 1-800-447-6549 or submit an online questionnaire. Mr. Castelli offers a free introductory consultation, and if he agrees to represent you, we will handle your case on a contingent fee basis, so we only get paid if you do. Please call us today away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.