Friday, August 4, 2017

Interesting Facts About Truck & Tractor Accidents Law

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Truck and tractor accidents happen every single day in the U.S. It's estimated that more than 4,000 people die each year in accidents that involve large trucks. This is approximately one out of every ten deaths in traffic accidents in the United States. Since the big heavy-duty trucks present a big threat on the highways and roads, the laws and regulations that govern this industry are very strict. That does not completely prevent truck crashes and catastrophic injuries, though.

Tractor trailer and truck accidents may occur because of different causes. That can happen due to speeding, use of cell phone while driving, short company deadlines, and so on. However, the truck drivers aren't always at fault when an accident occurs. The truck collision can be caused by other factors like maintenance neglect and faults by trucking companies.

Both trucking companies and truck drivers are required to act in accordance with federal and state regulations that determine their operations. FMCSA (The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) applies traffic regulations and rules through roadside inspections, complaint investigations, compliance reviews, checkouts of trucking terminals, and various investigations. The financial penalty is one of the most common punishments for violations. For repeated or serious violations, federal inspectors order truck drivers and/or trucks off the road. There is no excuse for trucking companies and commercial truck drivers if they allegedly don't know what's required of them.

Aside from FMCSA, there are also many other U.S. organizations dealing with truck accidents law. Just to mention some of them:

American Trucking Association (ATA)
American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
American Truck Historical Society (ATHS)
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
ITS America
Underride Network
Truck Safety Coalition
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

The question is, What to do next when experiencing a truck collision? After a truck accident, taking care of health is the first concern. Thereafter, it's necessary to take care of financial and legal issues. That will prevent a traffic accident from further affecting your life.

However, coping with these issues on your own is a daunting challenge. That's why many people hire truck accident attorneys. An experienced lawyer can help you protect your rights and pursue compensation for injury, pain, stress, and suffering. When looking for the "right" attorney, you should bear in mind the following tips:

Pick a lawyer with proven records in court
Be careful with quick settlements
Look for attorneys who operate on contingency
Choose those who offer free consultations

When a truck and tractor trailer accident happens, it's important to identify the real defendant(s). The plaintiff has to identify every government official, business entity, or individual involved in the certain accident. For this purpose, all the parties must be named in the court documents when the lawsuit is submitted. This will ensure the establishment of compensation and liability for a trucking accident.


At last, it's essential to prove liability and damage. The plaintiff in charge of a truck accident litigation has to establish a so-called "theory of liability." Besides liability, the plaintiff has to determine the extent of the damage. The best way to accomplish this is to include expert witnesses during the trial. In addition, the plaintiff needs to engage an economist to assess the damage.  

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