Truck, Automobile and Motorcycle Collisions
Because of our extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of how vehicles should perform in a wreck, we are also uniquely qualified to assist those individuals who have suffered catastrophic loss due to the negligence of another driver. The majority of the litigation in this area involves a collision between a commercial motor vehicle and one or more passenger cars. Accordingly, much of the information contained within this portion of our site is devoted to providing information about commercial motor vehicles, the rules pertaining to the drivers of commercial motor vehicles and the devastation these big trucks can cause.
Due to size disparities and the basic laws of physics, any collision between a commercial truck and a passenger car is likely to result in serious injuries and significant property damage.
The trucking industry is governed by a web of different local, state, and federal rules and regulations. When a collision occurs and innocent people are injured or killed as the result of a trucking company’s or truck driver’s negligence, having an attorney with extensive experience handling truck accidents — someone who knows the rules and regulations — can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.
At the law firm our lawyers are well-versed in trucking industry regulations and have used that knowledge to win record settlements and verdicts in numerous states across the country for previous clients. As an informational service to prospective clients, we have provided several articles below that are intended to give a general overview of truck accidents and some of the legal issues involved in these cases. For further information and answers to other questions, contact our law offices directly.
Truck Accidents – An Overview
A traffic accident involving a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler or semi truck, can have disastrous consequences. A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of the sheer size of trucks, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. An experienced attorney can help determine whether you have a claim.
What to Do if You Are Injured in a Truck Accident
A motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, particularly when it involves a commercial truck. If you or a family member was involved in a truck accident, regardless of whether or not you were injured, you may be wondering what you should do next. An experienced truck accident attorney can advise you about what to do and the steps you need to take in order to preserve evidence and bring a claim.
Overview of Federal Trucking Regulations
Those involved in the trucking industry must abide by numerous federal and state regulations. The federal regulations can be found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 C.F.R. SS 350-399). These regulations govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic. These regulations are extensive and can be confusing. An experienced lawyer can explain these regulations and how they may apply to your truck accident case.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be unsure of what your legal options are. You may never have been involved in a lawsuit before, and you may not know what to expect. The following information provides an overview as to how a civil suit normally proceeds. An experienced lawyer will be able to answer any specific questions you might have about your truck accident case.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, semi trucks, tractor trailers and other large freight carriers tower over the small passenger vehicles they must share the road with. Especially on major highways and at higher speeds, seemingly insignificant driving errors that may occur without consequence where small vehicles are concerned can result in catastrophe when a large truck is involved. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, determining the cause of the accident may be difficult. An experienced lawyer can gather evidence and work with experts to understand the cause of your accident and file claims against the responsible parties.
Truck Accidents Resource Links
- Share the Road Safely
From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), dedicated to reducing motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks.
- Insurance Information Institute
Includes information on vehicle safety, insurance and more.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Division of the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Contains information about safety programs, regulations and facts related to the prevention of commercial truck and bus accidents, injuries and fatalities.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety / Highway Loss Data Institute
Features vehicle ratings, safety facts and publications.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Division of the US Department of Transportation. Provides crash statistics and articles about traffic accidents and vehicle safety.
- National Safety Council (NSC)
International nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of accidents. Features articles about car maintenance and safety, airbag and seat belt safety and more.
- American Trucking Associations
Trucking industry trade association. Includes information and research about the trucking industry, highway safety and driver safety.
- US Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal agency charged with ensuring a safe transportation system. Features statistics, dockets, rules and other relevant information.
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