In a recent year, the Kansas Department of Transportation recorded more than 3,000 crashes and 69 fatalities involving heavy/large trucks within the state of Kansas. Of the thousands of trucking accidents that occur each year, many are due to negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company.
As injury attorneys specializing in trucking accidents, the team at Wyatt & Rice Midwest Injury Firm in Hutchinson, Kansas, has learned the specific details of many trucking accidents over the years. Founding partner Scott Mann shares some examples:
Truck Driver Negligence
According to Mann, the main cause of truck driver negligence is inattention, such as a driver that is distracted by their mobile phone. In a recent case, a young truck driver collided with the vehicle in front of him, sending the car into oncoming traffic. Sadly, the driver of the car was killed.
“Ultimately through our investigation and acquiring cell phone/social media records, it was clear [the truck driver] was on social media at the time of the accident,” said Mann. “When he was confronted with this at his deposition, he admitted that he was on his phone at the time of the accident and never saw the vehicle in front of him.”
Trucking Company Negligence
An example of trucking company negligence would be if a company required their drivers to travel from one location to another location in a period of time that does not comply with federal DOT regulations, which can limit hours of service. For more information about hours of service, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website here.
If You or a Loved One is Involved in a Trucking Accident
Have you or a loved one been involved in a trucking accident in the Hutchinson, Kansas, area? The Mann, Wyatt & Rice Midwest Injury Firm can help you investigate your accident to compile evidence, negotiate on your behalf with the other driver’s insurance company and, if needed, file/pursue a lawsuit on your behalf. There are never any fees until a settlement or verdict is reached, and we’ve collected millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. You have nothing to lose!
Request a free consultation with our team of Hutchinson trucking accident attorneys or contact us directly at (877) 768-2400. We look forward to speaking with you!