Truck Accident Lawyers
Some accidents are unavoidable — but many accidents could have been prevented if the people involved had taken proper care. When it comes to commercial trucks, the lives of everyone on the highway depend upon the proper maintenance of trucks and the careful driving of interstate truckers. Negligence by a trucking company or bad judgment on the part of a trucker can result in tragedy for drivers sharing the road.
Did the Truck Driver and Trucking Company Follow Regulations?
Semi-trucks, tractor trailers and other big rigs driving on the Interstate freeway system are bound by a different set of federal laws than cars. Trucking companies and truckers must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which are intended to make trucking safer for all of us by addressing problems with drivers, trucks and cargo that could put us all at risk.Because of these Interstate trucking regulations, when a truck accident occurs there are many things that need to be included in the accident investigation, including:
- The condition of the truck: Was the truck properly maintained? Was it overloaded? Was the load balanced and fastened securely? Were all the parts running properly? If the truck was carrying hazardous materials, were they properly contained?
- The condition of the driver: Was the driver fatigued? Had he (or she) been driving too many hours or too many miles? (We can examine the log book to look for violations of driving regulations). Did the driver have any history of speeding, reckless driving, or other driving violations?
- The trucking company: Did the company have a history of hiring unqualified drivers? Did it push drivers to violate laws that limit their driving time or slow them down? Did it fail to properly maintain its fleet?
Working With Experts to Investigate Your Case
Our attorneys conduct full, thorough investigations to find out whether trucking companies have adhered to these rules. We often also work with accident reconstruction experts to determine exactly how a crash occurred.