Litigating large truck accidents involves an extra layer of knowledge than regular traffic accidents. For one, the trucking industry is regulated on state and federal levels. An attorney must have an intimate knowledge of these laws to go to bat for a client injured in one of these cases. Trucking companies are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These lay out how the trucks and related equipment should be handled, and also how much time drivers should be on the road without rest. Here are some other ways that trucking companies and their drivers could be held liable:
Too long on the road
Drivers can only drive for a certain number of consecutive hours, followed by a required amount of rest. Because driving trucks can be so dangerous, this is to prevent fatigue on the road. Drivers have to keep records of their driving times, but sometimes these records are not properly kept, or are downright fraudulent. Fatigue is right up there with impairment as a cause of serious accidents, especially amongst truck drivers.
Trucking companies are required to keep their vehicles up to certain safety standards at all times. This means getting regular maintenance and safety checks. Some companies are not adequately diligent and thorough when it comes to these practices. Putting an unsafe truck on the road can have disastrous consequences.
Aside from fatigue, there are other driver-related errors that can lead to collisions. Texting while driving, reckless driving, speeding, and even drunk driving have all caused truck accidents, and are completely preventable with a responsible driver.
Oftentimes, all of the situations above are caused by, or related to, the nature of the business. There is immense pressure on trucking companies, and in turn on their drivers, to deliver their loads in short periods of time, or risk losing a client. This causes the company and the driver to cut corners to get results for their clients.
A good personal injury lawyer, like the ones at Friedman & Friedman, will analyze every aspect of your case, with special attention to the cause of the accident, and how the trucking company or their employees could have prevented it. They will also consult with your doctors, physical therapists, and anyone else involved in your care, to make sure they have a detailed picture of the stress and trauma you have suffered. With this information, they can pursue the best compensation possible.