Truck Accidents

18- Wheeler Accidents

What You Need To Know

A traffic accident involving a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler or semi truck, can have disastrous consequences. A fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of the sheer size of trucks, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal injuries. If a truck carrying hazardous chemicals or flammable materials in involved in an accident, the resulting injuries may be lifelong. Secondary injuries, such as burns and respiratory injuries, attributable to the dangerous or toxic cargo are common. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. An experienced attorney can help determine whether you have a claim.

What To Do

A motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, particularly when it involves a commercial truck. If you or a family member have been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, regardless of whether or not you were injured, you may be wondering what you should do next. Call an attorney immediately! Evidence must be preserved and the trucking company will do everything possible to escape liability, including tampering with and destroying evidence at the scene.

Federal Trucking Regulations

Those involved in the trucking industry must abide by numerous federal and state regulations. The federal regulations can be found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 C.F.R. § § 350-399). These regulations govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic. The regulations are extensive and can be confusing. Let us sort out liability issues for you.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, semi trucks, tractor trailers and other large freight carriers tower over the small passenger vehicles they must share the road with. Especially on major highways and at higher speeds, seemingly insignificant driver errors that may occur without consequence where small vehicles are concerned can result in catastrophe when a large truck is involved. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, determining the cause of the accident may be difficult. You need an experienced legal and accident forensic reconstruction team to help determine the cause of the accident AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Don’t let the trucking company cover-up the evidence.
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