If you've been in an accident involving an 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, big rigs, and other large commercial vehicle, chances are you have been significantly injured and these injuries will have a major impact on your life from this point forward.
Trucking companies and their drivers are bound by numerous laws on every level of government that regulate the way they operate and maintain their vehicles. Because of so many regulations and the complexities of interstate commerce, federal laws have been put in place and agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) oversee commercial truck traffic that crosses over state lines. The law that really matters is the one that requires any truck crossing over state lines to carry certain amounts of insurance coverage.
Determining the Cause of Your Truck Accident
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the most common cause of wrecks involving a semi is human error.
When it comes to the regulations imposed on these trucking companies and their drivers, one of the most important ones is the requirement of a logbook to track the number of hours that have been driven, the routes that have been taken, and where and when a load was either picked up or dropped off. These logs are a means of accountability ensuring that truck drivers are not overworked and fatigued, and they also stand as a valid way to investigate a crash. These logs can be crucial in determining the cause of an accident, however, federal law allows for these logs to be destroyed after only six months, which means there is no time to waste in collecting and investigating this information.
At Steven Booker Law, we know the things to look for and we understand the complex nature and nuances of these types of cases. We do everything in our power to prepare a strong case, including a lengthy and thorough investigation for any evidence of negligence. This could include:
- Oversized load
- Unsecured load
- Overweight truck
- Irregular and/or improper maintenance
- Mechanical issues
- Violations of regulations
- Violations of laws
- Driver fatigue
- Driver impairment
- Driver inattention
Our Team Can Determine Who Is at Fault
Because a lot of these semi trucks are owned by big corporations and since they are required to be covered by insurance, they have big insurance companies to help defend their truck drivers, and these big insurance companies know USDOT and FMCSA regulations very well.
Here at Steven Booker Law, we rigorously investigate your accident, thoroughly interviewing witness and obtaining all maintenance records and driver logs. We also have the ability to hire experts to reconstruct the accident to help prove how the accident occurred and determine who was at fault. Our investigation will identify each of the potentially responsible parties, including:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Trailer owner
- Freight/load shipper
- Truck parts manufacturer
Our Experienced Truck Accident Attorney is Here to Help
These enormous, very powerful vehicles deserve and demand respect and extra caution out there on the roads, and when they are handled with negligence, those who are responsible need to be held accountable.
One of the biggest benefits of having an experienced personal injury lawyer representing you is that they know what to look for and the insurance adjusters now have to deal with someone fighting on your side who is invested in the success of your case (this is because we operate on what is called a contingency fee) and has the resources and the expert knowledge needed to be successful.
If you have been in an accident involving these kinds of circumstances and you have suffered any major injuries, you need to seek out an experienced accident and injury attorney who will walk you step by step through the process while handling all of the dirty work for you.
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