Our trucking accident attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and experience to handle any trucking accident claims.
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What are Truck Accidents?
Handling a case involving an 18-wheeler, log truck, or other commercial vehicle requires a special investment of time and resources and a detailed knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. All aspects of handling a case involving a big truck – including investigation, discovery, technology, and the laws involved – are significantly different than a standard automobile case. A lawyer who is not equipped with the proper background knowledge, time, or experience to handle a claim involving a commercial truck crash is doing a great disservice to the client he represents.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides regulations for the safe operation of commercial vehicles. Federal rules and regulations include drivers, vehicles, hazmat situations, companies, and regulatory guidance. Companies and drivers must comply with rules governing such areas as fatigued driving (Hours of Service), vehicle maintenance, cargo, driver fitness, substance abuse, and many other areas.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the commercial motor carrier to ensure that the vehicles and drivers it employs meet all federal regulations to safeguard both its employees and the general driving public, and it is the responsibility of the commercial driver to make sure he or she complies with the rules.
Common Truck Litigation
The lawyer handling a case involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle must be familiar with those rules and regulations to recognize a claim and effectively handle the case. Additionally, lawyers must handle these types of cases be prepared with a broad base of knowledge about the specific technology, insurance issues, multistate discovery practices, and other aspects of litigation unique to the commercial vehicle industry and this type of litigation.
The most common issues faced in commercial vehicle litigation include:
- Truck driver fatigue and Hours of Service
- Truck driver distraction due to electronic devices
- Rapid Response Teams and the importance of prompt investigation
- Importance of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in Commercial Trucking cases
- Statutory background of federal trucking safety laws
- Federal Motor Carrier Regulations often cited in commercial trucking cases
Accidents involving an 18-wheeler, log truck, or other commercial vehicles may also be related to a defective product. Attorneys need to assess the possibility of a third-party liability claim when handling commercial vehicle cases.
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