Trucking companies are obligated to protect the safety of other drivers by ensuring that their trucks are well-maintained, that their drivers are properly trained, and that their drivers adhere to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. While the maximum weight for semi-trucks is 80,000 pounds, having even half that weight involved in an accident can result in major property damage and severe injuries or fatalities.
Sometimes, truckers themselves are negligent in their driving and cause serious accidents.
The FMCSA has strict safety regulations for commercial trucking companies that cover everything from the training of every individual truck driver to the inspection and maintenance of the vehicle. When an accident happens because the trucking company is negligent, they can be held liable.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you need to contact an experienced trucking company negligence attorney today. At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we have years of experience in truck accident cases, and we know how to go about proving a trucking company was at fault in your accident.
Call us today at (812) 426-0600 for a free consultation about your semi-truck accident.
Commercial trucking companies have a large team of investigators and lawyers on retention that respond immediately to an accident involving a truck to attempt to prove that their driver was not at fault. They want to take control of the situation and take whatever legal measures they can to limit their liability.
And it’s not just the trucking company that you have to deal with. Their insurance company will also do everything they can to limit what they have to pay in settlements. The insurance company will probably contact you shortly after the truck accident and offer a one-time settlement so that you don’t pursue full and fair compensation.
Contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as you can after your accident. A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can fight the trucking company and insurance team with their own team of experienced investigators and lawyers.
At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we will launch an aggressive investigation into your truck accident, thoroughly examining every piece of evidence to determine all the negligent parties so that we can pursue compensation from all of them to give you the justice you deserve. We will work for you to prove that the trucking company’s negligence caused your accident and subsequent injuries.
There are many guidelines and laws that trucking companies have to follow to maintain safety standards. There are many ways that trucking companies can be negligent, resulting in serious accidents, including:
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact us today at (812) 426-0600, and we’ll start investigating whether the trucking company’s negligence played a role in the accident.
A large portion of truck accidents are caused by maintenance negligence. It’s the responsibility of the driver and the company to stay current with vehicle inspections, to fix maintenance issues, and to replace parts as necessary.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established minimal truck maintenance requirements for trucking companies. This includes a set schedule of maintenance and detailed records on any and all maintenance. Any leased vehicle must follow these standards once the company has used them for more than thirty days.
All truck drivers are also required by law to follow specific standards. They must complete pre-trip inspections of their vehicles before starting a route. Following that, they must check the vehicle once within the first 50 miles of a trip and then again after driving 150 miles or at the three-hour mark. In addition, every trucker has to detail their maintenance status at the end of every day.
Common truck maintenance issues include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration not only establishes maintenance requirements but also creates a general governing of trucking regulations. These regulations include driver-specific law requirements and laws for the trucks themselves.
Driver-specific regulations include the following:
Truck-specific regulations are as followed:
Overall, there are many stringent laws and regulations put in place to ensure truck safety. When these regulations are ignored or corners are cut by trucking companies or truck drivers, accidents happen, and people can get seriously hurt.
Colliding with a truck that weighs 20 to 30 times what your passenger vehicle weighs can cause life-threatening and sometimes fatal injuries. An accident caused by a trucking company’s negligence can leave you with insurmountable medical bills, lost wages, lost potential income, permanent disability, and emotional and mental trauma.
Common truck accident injuries can include the following:
If you or a loved one are the victims of a truck accident-related injury, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Many trucking companies share responsibility for negligence in these accidents. Don’t let a negligent trucking company affect your life any more than it already has.
At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we know how to face the big trucking companies and prove that their negligence caused your accident. An Evansville trucking company negligent lawyer can get you the compensation you’re entitled to in order to cover your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, long-term injuries, physical therapy, and more.
Call us today at (812) 426-0600 to set up a free and confidential consultation.
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