Central Kansas has a network of highways that make it the perfect route for commercial trucks driving cross-country. With this higher concentration of large trucks around Hutchinson and the surrounding area, the risk of accidents inevitably increases.
The injuries caused by accidents between large trucks and passenger vehicles can have life-changing effects. Because of the size difference, the passenger vehicle driver almost always sustains those injuries. With that in mind, it’s vital to assess fault after an accident that involves a big truck.
“Truckers are supposed to be professional drivers,” Scott Mann, a truck accident attorney at Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley, said. “They can and should be held to a higher standard.”
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Impaired driving due to sleep deprivation or overwork.
- Inattentive driving due to the frequency with which a truck driver travels.
- Inattentive driving due to cell phone use, including talking on the phone, text messaging, or even utilizing social media.
- An improperly maintained truck.
Fault could also be assessed on the part of the trucking company. Did they ask the driver to work too many hours and modify the logs? Did they ensure proper truck maintenance? These questions help determine the trucking company’s comparative fault in the accident, meaning their level of fault compared to yours or anyone else involved.
Contact a Hutchinson Truck Accident Attorney Immediately
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a large truck in the Hutchinson, Kansas, area, we recommend contacting Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys for a free consultation as soon as possible. We will visit you at the hospital or at home if you are unable to travel and we don’t get a fee until we reach a settlement or verdict.