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Semi-Truck Accidents Caused by Bad Weather

Semi-Truck Accidents Caused by Bad Weather

There are a multitude of underlying causes for a semi-truck accident. These include inclement weather. The Doan Law Firm semi-truck accident hotline at (800)349-0000 is staffed around the clock to provide you information about weather-related semi-truck accident claims and lawsuits.

Many people immediately, an incorrectly, conclude that if weather is seen as the reason for an accident that it is a so-called "act of God." These people believe that there is nothing to be one about a semi-truck accident when severe weather existed at the time of the accident.

The reality is that, although weather may have contributed to a commercial truck accident, that does not mean it is the only cause of a collision. Someone or something else may also contribute to the cause of the accident. In other words, someone else may have been negligent and you might be in a position to seek justice and compensation.

Contributory Negligence and a Semi-truck Accident

Nearly all states have laws governing contributory negligence. What this means is that when an accident occurs, multiple parties might be responsible for the event. This becomes particularly important in the case of an accident that has a weather-related component.

Through the contributory negligence process, a determination is made as to the percentage of responsibility each party has in causing an accident. This permits a consideration of the responsibility of the big rig operator and even the trucking company in a situation in which an accident occurs during bad weather.

Common Negligent Acts by Big Rig Operator During a Storm

As discussed, more often than not, weather conditions alone are not the cause of a semi-truck accident. Rather, someone or something else contributed to the bad weather to result in an accident.

There are some more common actions, or inactions, by a commercial truck driver that contribute to a big rig accident in inclement weather. These include:

  • distracted driving
  • impaired driving
  • driving at a speed unsafe for conditions
  • improper lane change
  • improper passing

Common Negligent Acts by a Trucking Company that Make Driving in Inclement Weather Dangerous

As is the case with a commercial truck driver, there are some common types of action or inaction by a trucking company that results in or at least contributes to an accident, including a collision that occurs during inclement weather. These include:

  • lack or proper inspection
  • failure to maintain vehicle
  • improper driving training
  • allowing transport in inclement weather
  • fraudulent log keeping

As an aside, there may be other parties that contributed to a semi-truck accident in inclement weather. You may be in a position to seek compensation from one or another of these other parties as well.

Retain an Experienced Semi-truck Accident Lawyer

As mentioned a moment ago, The Doan Law Firm maintains a 24-hour semi-truck accident hotline at (800) 349-0000. You can call our firm right now, or at any time of the day or night, to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our experienced legal team.

The Doan Law Firm has offices across the United States. We can meet with you at a location that is most convenient for you. We can also meet with you at your home or the hospital, depending on your circumstances. If you desire, we can also arrange a virtual consultation online. There is no charge for an initial consultation with semi-truck accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm.

During an initial consultation with a semi-truck accident attorney, you will be provided a professional evaluation of your case. In addition, you will have the opportunity to get answers to questions you have about your case, the insurance claim process, and a personal injury lawsuit.

The Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Promise

The semi-truck accident lawyer team at The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee promise to all of our clients. No client pays an attorney fee in a semi-truck accident case unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for you. No win, you pay nothing.

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Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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