Truck accidents are typically more dangerous and damaging than accidents between passenger vehicles. Because of the weight and size differential between cars, trucks, SUVS and semi-trucks, these accidents frequently result in serious injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and Back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Shattered bones
- Internal organ damage
When you are injured in a truck accident in Vancouver, the claim will probably be handled through ICBC. Both local authorities and ICBC will conduct an investigation into the accident to determine where fault should lie. It is a good idea to have a lawyer on your side who can investigate the accident on your behalf as well, allowing you to establish, independently, who is at fault for the accident.
Leading Causes of Truck Accidents in Vancouver
Some of the top causes of truck accidents in B.C. are:
- Distracted driving
- Alcohol and drug use
- Speeding and aggressive driving
- Ignoring road signs and signals
- Sleep deprivation
- Poor road or weather conditions
- Faulty vehicle parts
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reports that driving too fast for the road conditions is the leading cause of large truck crashes. Fatigue has been found to play a significant role as well.
Liable Parties in a Truck Accident
TIRF reports that 74% of truck accident injuries and 87% of truck accident fatalities are suffered by the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. Undoubtedly, some truck accidents are caused by the drivers of smaller vehicles, but there are often multiple contributing factors in these cases and a full investigation is needed to properly establish liability.
Parties that may be held accountable for injuries following a truck accident include:
- The truck driver
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The company that loaded the cargo
- Parts manufacturers
- Government entities
Depending on the cause of your accident, the conditions at the time, and other relevant factors, there may be more than one liable party in a truck accident claim. We are here to determine who they are and to help victims of serious injury get fair and full compensation.
If you need a truck accident lawyer in Vancouver or surrounding areas of British Columbia, please call Stephens & Holman at (604) 730-4108 to schedule a complimentary consultation today. We maintain 25 office locations to better serve clients living throughout B.C.