If you were involved in an accident involving a large commercial truck, you likely suffered serious or catastrophic injuries. Our truck accident attorneys combine their experience litigating issues unique to the field of trucking with their ability to handle medically complex cases.
At The Bowling Law Firm, we have a history of protecting our clients’ right to compensation and getting results whether they come from negotiations or trial. However, it is important to act quickly because the statute of limitations may place limits on how long you have to make a claim under the law.
Why Truck Accident Cases Differ From Car Accident Cases
There are several reasons why a truck accident case is distinct from a passenger vehicle accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a federal agency that established legal requirements for both truck drivers and trucking companies. If either a truck driver or trucking company fails to follow these required regulations, they may face serious federal and state penalties. Additionally, if an accident occurs due to the failure of a truck driver or trucking company to follow these requirements, a victim may file a claim to receive compensation for the damage to their property and for their injuries.
The following laws and regulations apply specifically to truck accident cases:
- Truck drivers are required to abide by hours of service laws. Federal law requires that truck drivers must take regular breaks and rest between shifts. Failure to do so could result in drivers being on the road while fatigued. Research has found that fatigued driving can be just as deadly as drunk driving. If you’ve been in a truck crash, the lawyers at The Bowling Law Firm can develop an independent investigation of your truck accident and review the truck driver’s logs and shipping schedules to determine if important federal regulations were violated.
- Truck companies are required to properly maintain their vehicles. When truck companies cut corners, the people who suffer are often innocent drivers and passengers in other vehicles. A tire blowout in an 18-wheeler can result in a truck driver losing control of his or her vehicle. Truck companies may patch tires or put used tires on their trucks, a practice that can put a driver at risk of a blowout. Similarly, failure to regularly maintain brakes and other systems can result in serious injury or death. In these cases, you may be able to pursue litigation against the truck driver, the trucking company, or the manufacturer for the defective part or component. Visiting with a truck accident lawyer can help you determine which party is liable and will be responsible for compensating you for your losses and injuries.
- Truck drivers must abide by strict driving laws and requirements. Many states have distinct driving laws that truck drivers must adhere to, or possibly lose their license. For example, truck drivers are not permitted to text and drive and need to use hands-free devices when operating a cellphone. Drivers must also submit to medical testing in order to ensure that they don’t have a medical condition that could interfere with their driving. When drivers fail to abide by these requirements, or when companies fail to properly vet their drivers, tragedy can strike. Again, if your trucking accident was a result of a truck driver’s failure to abide by appropriate laws and requirements, you may be able to file a claim against the truck driver or the trucking company.
Types of Injuries in Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents typically cause catastrophic and serious damage to other vehicles and can cause severe injuries to other drivers and passengers. Because large commercial trucks weigh more than passenger vehicles and oftentimes carry toxic cargo, injuries suffered can be devastating. Victims can be left with traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, broken or fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, concussions, burns, respiratory damage and wrongful death.
If you were involved in a trucking accident, you should seek medical attention immediately, and then contact an experienced trucking accident attorney. In many cases, trucking logs are destroyed quickly by truck drivers or trucking companies in order to prevent a victim from proving that there was a violation of federal or state law. Our experienced legal team can send out a letter requiring that the trucking company refrain from destroying or altering any evidence that would be necessary to build a strong personal injury case on your behalf.
Contact an Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyer
Trucking accidents can permanently affect a victim for life. If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck, time is of the essence. Make sure to seek medical treatment immediately and then contact an experienced trucking accident lawyer with The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation. Call our attorneys at 714-733-2492 or visit us online today.