Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
If you’re involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, you need an experienced truck accident attorney. Truck accidents are not “run of the mill” automobile accident cases in the legal world. Truck accident cases are far more complicated than an auto on auto accident case.
In addition to the rules of the road that generally apply to all drivers, truck drivers are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). The purpose of those regulations is to impose uniform standards of travel on interstate truckers, no matter where they are, to promote safety and prevent truck collisions. These regulations are voluminous and comprehensive and require trucking companies to maintain records that the drivers have complied with them, such as records demonstrating that the trucker has not violated the “hours of service” limitations which is designed to prevent accidents due to trucker fatigue.
Many people are injured or killed on streets and highways when trucking companies and truck drivers don’t follow the FMCSR. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 380,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes in 2008. Over 4000 of those accidents involved deaths. Overall, 11 percent of all traffic deaths in 2008 were the result of truck accidents.
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a large truck, you need an experienced truck accident attorney immediately, so that the attorney can make sure the trucker doesn’t destroy valuable evidence, such as records showing a violation of the FMCSR. Don’t wait. Hire an experienced truck accident attorney as soon after the truck accident as possible.