Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the United States. An experienced semi truck accident lawyer recognizes that handling these cases requires a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations on both the federal and state level.
Although companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their equipment and their drivers’ hours of service, driver fatigue is nevertheless a common problem. Furthermore, service regulations are routinely violated.
Records often reveal serious and even fraudulent violations of safety regulations after an accident. However, trucking companies are only required to maintain accident records for six months. This can make it extremely difficult for the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a truck accident to prove the trucking company’s negligence.
Our experienced truck accident lawyers will represent your interests. Additionally, they will help you get the compensation you deserve after a truck accident. This is whether you’re the victim or a surviving family member.
SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS
In 2014 there were 3,660 fatalities from accidents involving large trucks, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes truck driver deaths as well as deaths of passenger vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Ninety-seven percent of those killed in accidents involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle were occupants of the passenger vehicle, according to the IIHS. Furthermore, the sheer size of semi-trucks and other large trucks puts passengers of smaller vehicles at a serious disadvantage in a collision.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
A semi-truck accident can be frightening, traumatizing and confusing, especially accidents involving fatalities.
If you have been involved in a large truck accident, you have the right to legal representation. It is important to act quickly to retain the services of an experienced attorney. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, the insurance representatives of the business that employs the truck driver will initiate an investigation into the event. They will have the intention of doing whatever possible to minimize the liability of the trucking company.
The attorney you choose should be available to begin helping you right away. In addition, truck accident cases differ from typical personal liability cases in that the driver’s company is often a defendant. This means you need an attorney who can deal with large corporations.
Most large truck accidents today result from driver error, mechanical failure, inspection errors or intoxication. Whatever the specifics of your case, you need the right legal representation by your side. This will allow you to recover compensation from the responsible party.
Our truck accident lawyers will fight to ensure you receive adequate remuneration for pain and suffering, injuries and property damage losses. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Since 1996, the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates have been helping truck accident victims and their families navigate the complexities of the legal process. As experienced personal injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death attorneys, we can help you evaluate the facts, assess your options, manage the legal challenges and recover damages for your loss.
Marc J. Shuman & Associates has over 77 combined years of experience advocating for over 20,000 injury victims and their families. We advocate on your behalf, so you can focus on recovery.