Bristol Injury Attorneys Explain Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Representing victims of truck wrecks in Tennessee

In order to run properly, a truck needs to be in good working shape. So does its driver. Any problem with a tractor-trailer or its operator can lead to disaster. Poorly maintained trucks are a major hazard, as are drivers who don’t take care of themselves. Whether a truck accident is caused by a defective part or a distracted driver, the attorneys at the Bristol law firm of Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. are dedicated to getting justice for people injured when a truck wrecks on a Tennessee road.

Frequent causes of tractor-trailer wrecks

When improperly loaded, maintained or operated, tractor trailers are prone to accidents. They can roll over, jackknife or lose a wheel. Trucks also get into the same types of accidents as cars, such as head-on collisions, rear-end accidents and T-bone crashes. These accidents are caused by fatigued drivers, and other types of truck driver negligence such as distracted driving. Other common causes of truck wrecks include:

  • Poor maintenance or inspection. Trucks are heavy pieces of machinery. Even a simple mechanical problem can cause a major accident. Failing brakes or steering systems have catastrophic results. Underinflated tires can blow out, sending deadly chunks of rubber through the air at high speeds. When a driver or a trucking company fails to take care of their truck, our attorneys seek to hold them responsible in a Tennessee court.
  • Defective parts. When a defectively designed or poorly manufactured tractor-trailer part breaks, everyone on the road is in danger. If a truck can’t stop or steer correctly, it is likely to jackknife or roll over. In some cases, wheels roll off of a truck due to a defective part. This type of defect sends a huge, heavy wheel careening down the road, bouncing into windshields and taking lives.
  • Driver behavior. There are an endless number of things truck drivers can do which contribute to accidents. Some abuse drugs or medication to work long hours. Others speed or violate traffic laws. When a truck driver’s behavior or negligence causes an accident, our attorneys will work to get you justice.

No matter what caused the truck accident which led to your injuries, our goal is the same. We will figure out who is responsible and seek to hold them liable for your injuries through settlement negotiations or litigation.

Call an experienced Tennessee truck wreck law firm to help you get justice

Any number of problems or actions can cause a truck to wreck. It takes an experienced law firm to determine exactly what happened in an accident and hold the proper person or company accountable. At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. in Bristol, we have experience holding truck drivers, trucking companies and manufacturers liable for the damage their actions caused. Call us today at 423-797-6022 or contact us online to arrange a no-cost consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney.