Truck Trailer Disconnect Accidents
There may be a variety of circumstances that lead to a trailer disconnecting from the truck that is towing it. Untrained drivers, or lack of vehicle maintenance, can cause a trailer disconnect. When a trailer breaks away from a vehicle, it creates a hazard to other motorists as they attempt to avoid colliding with a massive out-of-control object in the road. Often, truck trailer disconnect accidents involve multiple vehicles, and multiple victims may be injured as well. The Miami truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon assist people injured as a result of truck trailer disconnect accidents with seeking the compensation that they are entitled to obtain from liable parties. Our firm represents clients in taking legal action against truck drivers, part manufacturers, and trucking companies that have failed to take appropriate measures to improve road safety.
We provide experienced legal representation to clients throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have been injured, or if you have tragically lost a loved one in a trucking accident, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about our services.Factors Involved in Truck Trailer Disconnect Accidents
There are many factors that can cause a trailer to disconnect from its vehicle. Some common situations include:
- Cargo that is not adequately secured
- Inadequate maintenance
- A trailer that is overweight or overloaded
- A mechanical defect
One or more of these conditions can lead to a trailer disconnect and a serious accident, even just when a truck hits a bump or pothole in the road. When a motorist is confronted with a rogue trailer or a surprised truck driver who then also loses control of their vehicle, the harm to other drivers and passengers can be devastating. Injuries such as paralysis, broken bones, disfigurement, and traumatic brain injuries can result from a truck trailer disconnect crash.Parties Liable for Truck Accident Injuries
Depending on the situation, multiple parties may be accountable for the costs of injuries sustained in a trucking accident. Often, negligence in some manner was a contributing factor in causing a trailer to disconnect from a truck. Negligence refers to when a party has breached the duty to act reasonably given the circumstances, causing another party’s injuries and resulting in damages. Drivers who do not attach and secure a rig, trailer, or cargo properly, either as a result of being in a hurry or for another reason, may be found negligent if that is found to be the cause of an accident.
Additionally, truck companies are required to follow specific federal and state regulations regarding their business practices, such as certain hiring and supervising actions when it comes to drivers, as well as making sure that vehicles are properly maintained. Failing to adhere to these requirements can result in liability on behalf of the company.
A defective part or vehicle can also contribute to a truck crash. When a mechanical issue is found, manufacturers are strictly liable for any dangerous products that they release that contain a manufacturing or design defect. An injured victim may receive damages in the form of past and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering from the responsible parties.Seek Assistance from a Knowledgeable Miami Attorney Following a Truck Crash
Determining what exactly happened leading up to a truck trailer disconnect accident can be difficult, involving a detailed analysis and investigation into the actions of a driver and trucking company, as well as examining different parts for defects. Contacting an experienced Miami attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can be vital to ensuring that the proper steps are taken in the aftermath of a serious truck accident. If you have questions regarding your legal options following a collision with a truck, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with an attorney today.