Advocacy in Connection with Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents are more complex cases than the typical motor vehicle wreck. Not only are the drivers themselves responsible for any accidents they cause, but the drivers’ employers may also be responsible if the driver was acting in the course and scope of his employment for the company. Others may be responsible as well, including those responsible for loading the truck with any goods it is carrying, the company receiving the goods, the entity that may have sold a defective truck to the driver/company or the entity responsible for maintaining the truck in proper operating condition.
Driving a commercial motor vehicle requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than that required to drive a non-commercial vehicle. In order to obtain a commercial driver's license, an applicant must pass both skills and knowledge testing geared to these higher standards. Truck drivers and their companies are also required to maintain logs of their driving to ensure that they have had sufficient rest during their trips and to establish that the trucks have been properly maintained and inspected.
TYPES OF CLAIMS
Commercial trucks, especially when they are loaded with a heavy shipment, are especially dangerous because they are harder and take longer to stop and because of the potential for instability due to shifting goods. Managing a commercial truck on the road requires a well-rested and attentive driver. While there are regulations requiring that drivers get sufficient sleep, those regulations are not always obeyed, leading to accidents. And if a driver has a deadline, he or she may drive too fast for the conditions, in inclement weather, or recklessly. Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, trucking accidents are often devastating to the victim, the victim’s family, and in death cases, to the survivors. The needs of seriously injured victims may cost many millions in care, therapy, surgery and life care costs that no one can afford without assistance. You need an attorney who is knowledgeable and sufficiently skilled to establish both liability and the need for serious compensation. We have that skill and access to the finest experts in the field to support the claims we make, whether the issue is liability or the extent of injury and medical and other needs into the future.