On the highway, you have likely seen the large truck trailers that carry other cars to dealerships, across country, or to a salvage yard. If you are one of the unfortunate people who has been affected by an accident a car carrier or transport truck, you might want to consider talking to an attorney.
If a car carrier trailer caused an accident that injured you or killed a loved one, you might have a strong case for compensation. The trucking companies that manage these trucks and drivers often violate federal regulations for driving hours or put tired drivers on the road. The truck accident attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team help injured truck accident victims across the country seek compensation for their injuries and battle Big Trucking to protect your rights.
Car Carrier Truck Risks
The large trailers that carry other cars and SUVs are often relatively light when they are not carrying vehicles. Because of their large size and shape, these trailers can actually be quite unsteady when they are unloaded. This means that sudden movements by the driver might cause fishtailing or swerving that is difficult to control and could interfere with drivers in other lanes.
When these trucks are fully-loaded with cars and SUVs, each of which likely ways upwards of one ton, they can become extremely heavy. These trailers often have two or even three tiers to carry cars. Some of the more awkward car carrier trailers carry cars on top of the driver’s cab, or even hanging forward off the front. Some rare models of car carrier even put cars into two rows, further increasing the weight and instability of the carrier. Others even have a trailer that is split halfway along its length and jointed, making the trailer more difficult to control at speed and during emergency maneuvers.
Most of these cars are locked into place, but those locks could be improperly secured or fail mid-travel. If one of the cars on a shipping trailer becomes loose and falls off, it becomes a multi-ton, uncontrolled projectile. If this car falls back into another vehicle, it could be a severe accident. If the car were to tip off the side and land on top of another car, the crushing damage and injury could be disastrous.
Even though these cars are attached to the carrier, they are still resting on their own suspensions and tires. This means that the cars may rock independently of how the trailer moves. This could put torque and force on the trailer, causing it to react in unexpected ways. This is a huge danger for the driver of the car carrier as well as other drivers on the road.
Compensation for a Car Carrier Truck Accident
Car carrier trucks are often owned and operated by independent trucking companies, not the car companies that use them. Sometimes though, the auto manufacturer or dealership may hire its own trucks and truck drivers to ship cars. Either way, there is usually someone who owns or manages the truck aside from its driver. This means that there is often a large corporation behind the scenes that may be held responsible for the actions of a negligent driver.
Though the driver of the car carrier truck is the one who caused the accident, the law often allows you to file a case against both the driver and the trucking company who hired them. This is possible on two different grounds. In the first, the employer is often “vicariously liable” for the errors of its employees while they are acting within the scope of their job duties (i.e. driving a truck). The trucking company can also be held accountable for its own mistakes, such as hiring a driver with a poor driving record or history of DUI. If they put a dangerous driver on the road, that is their own mistake, and you can sue them directly.
You might be entitled to substantial compensation for a car carrier truck accident, especially if the truck driver or trucking company violated federal trucking regulations. Hours of service rules work to limit the amount of time a driver can spend on the road to prevent truckers from driving tired. Further, trucking companies are required to follow rules for truck maintenance and upkeep. If they put improperly serviced or unsafe vehicles back on the road, they can be held liable for the injuries they cause.
You ultimately may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and mental suffering caused by the accident.
National Truck Accident Attorneys
The truck accident lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team help injured truck accident victims across the country seek compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, call today for a free consultation. Our number is (215) 246-9000.