Injured in a Truck Accident? Tell us about your case.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets out the rules and regulations for semi-tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) drivers and truck companies. Specifically, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) cover the amount of time a truck driver can drive without a break. Federal law requires commercial vehicles traveling in interstate commerce to carry $750,000.00 of insurance for bodily injury and property damage.
Is someone responsible for my injuries?
There are a lot of reasons why an investigation is performed when it comes to a semi-tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) accident because every accident has a cause (untrained driver, speeding, disobeying Safety Procedure, fatigue, equipment failure, negligence, use of drugs or alcohol while driving, negligent entrustment, and much more). Every accident can be attributed to someone’s failure and negligence, and therefore, it is important to investigate an accident to find out who is really responsible for the damages caused to you and your loved one.
What to look for if you are involved in a truck accident
Professionals and experts need to be involved with all aspects of the investigation from the beginning. There might be others liable for harm that has been caused by the accident, such as manufacturers if it is shown that there was a design defect. Many manufacturers are quick to blame the accident on a blown tire, and although that might contribute to the accident, the one thing that needs to be considered is that during most accidents, tires get blown. More on this website
If you or one of your loved ones are involved in a major accident causing serious injuries, a forensic investigator is needed to examine the wreck, the truck, the vehicles, and the accident scene. If equipment failure is the cause, what needs to be done. A semi-tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) is a danger on the roadways if there are no proper measures taken to ensure that there are no mechanical malfunctions, equipment failures, or ignoring driving regulations and guidelines. Regulations require that semi-tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) drivers do not drive more than 18 hours a day and such regulations require time in the sleeping compartment, not napping behind the wheel. Further, such regulations require the driver to log his or her sleeping compartment time. The reality is very different. Oftentimes, the drivers are asked to work beyond these hours and are given unreasonable guidelines for delivery. So, the driver, in order to make sure he or she gets paid, has to take shortcuts in order to meet the company’s goals and requirements. Other than driver error, often it is the actual rig that malfunctions or fails to cause the semi-tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) accidents. Some of the most common failures that are known to the trucking companies are brake failure or malfunction, faulty mechanical components, and disproportioned loads.
Dealing with Trucking Companies
How can you, without hiring a lawyer, deal with a trucking company or their insurance carriers after a truck accident? Trucking companies and their insurance carriers are highly skilled when it comes to accidents. These adjusters represent the trucking company and their insurance carrier and not you. The adjusters will obtain statements and facts in order to see how they can minimize your claim in order to save money for the companies. Just remember, you should not talk or give any statements to these adjusters. Let our office help you protect your interest. Truck companies and insurance carriers dispatch their accident investigators to the scene of the crash as soon as the call comes in. So while you are tending your injuries and dealing with the aftershock, the truck and insurance companies are getting ahead to start building a defense and minimize their liability exposure.
Who is responsible for a truck accident injury or death?
Any person, company, or entity that was at fault for causing the accident can be sued. This includes the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the shipper, the maintenance company, the truck manufacturers (if the claim is based on design defect), the manufacturer of the tire, and the management company if any of these caused the accident.