Tragic Trucking Accidents May 22, 2017 | ryan Truckers transporting hazardous materials or substances in their loads are held to specific federal and state regulations. The federal and state regulations were created to ensure that any hazardous materials that are being transported are contained safely. However, when truckers are not careful to follow these regulations and ensure that their loads are managed properly, tragic trucking accidents can occur. We Can’t Predict Truck Accidents Most people do not think that their life will be tragically interrupted by a truck driver who chose not to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and state safety procedures. We do not wake up in the morning and worry about colliding with a tractor trailer truck or a semi on the highway. In fact, when accidents happen, we are shocked and surprised, often asking ourselves, “How did this happen?” While we all realize subconsciously that every time we get on the road, we could get in an accident, most of us do not think that it will happen to us. How Did it Happen? We cannot erase your injuries or the fact that you were injured in a truck accident once it happens, but we can help you understand your rights after the fact. You have the right to seek compensation for your injuries if the truck driver did not follow safety guidelines and federal and state regulations. That is why it is vital to determine how exactly the truck accident happened. Seeking compensation for injuries that occurred in a truck accident requires the victim to consider the following questions: Was the hazardous or dangerous load secured properly on the truck? Was the truck driver following federal and state regulations and safe trucking guidelines? Were there any external factors that may have contributed to the truck accident? Was there anyone else who contributed to the accident? Liable Parties Don’t Have to Be Drivers When considering whether or not someone else may have contributed to the truck accident that you were injured in, it does not mean that there has to be anyone else on the road involved. In fact, if a contractor loaded the truck and failed to properly secure the load, they could be held liable. A faulty component of the truck could have played a role in the accident, meaning that you could pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty component. Multiple defendants can be listed in a personal injury lawsuit that stems from a trucking accident. We Are Here To Help The North Carolina personal injury team at McAllister, Aldridge & Kreinbrink PLLC can help you to determine all of the parties that can be pursued for compensation if you have been injured in a trucking accident. Contact us online or call (336) 882-4300 today to discuss your case.