Truck accidents are often the most serious kinds of accidents. If you have been injured because of the negligence of truck driver, call our truck accident attorney today for your free consultation at (303) 779-5300. We will handle every aspect of your case from investigating the accident scene, to handling the insurance company. Trucking companies normally have commercial insurance carriers that will often fight hard to avoid paying you a dime. At Fisher & Associates P.C. we will work hard to help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Many drivers feel a certain sense of fear or apprehension when a huge tractor-trailer drives right up alongside their vehicle. Commercial vehicles such as 18-wheelers are massive and can weigh up to 80,000 lb. with a full load. When these vehicles are not maintained properly, they have the potential to cause significant damage. According to recent statistics from the US Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 28,000 motor carrier companies have unsatisfactory safety ratings. The average family car has little chance of coming out unscathed in a collision with that much mass. A lawyer from our firm can give you valuable information and help you weigh your legal options if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident.
Negligence and the Trucking Industry
A common cause of big-rig accidents is driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) has firm regulations in place limiting the amount of time a commercial truck operator can work in a seven- or eight-day period. In a 2007 survey, 20% of truck operators admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within one month of the time of the survey. Other causes of truck crashes include poor load balance, truck system or component failure, operator distraction, speeding, reckless driving, bad road conditions, and operator impairment from medication, drugs, or alcohol. The sooner a seasoned attorney is brought in to assist with the case, the better chance there is that vital evidence — such as a driver’s and dispatcher’s logs, inspection and maintenance records, and the truck’s “black box” — can be preserved and utilized to prove negligence.
Many accidents are also caused by drivers who are inexperienced, undertrained, or even unlicensed. The U.S. DOT, in connection with the FMCSA, has formulated the requirements for all drivers of commercial vehicles. Every driver must successfully complete a commercial driver’s license (CDL) program and obtain the proper certifications for the type of truck that they are going to drive. Specifications differ depending on the size of the truck, what the truck will carry, and where the truck will travel. Commercial trucks are a vital component to our nation’s transportation industry. Such a heavily-utilized industry must be regulated for safety in order to decrease the amount of accidents. When economic gain and company advantage is placed above driver safety, you may be able to take a stand. If you were injured in a commercial truck accident, contact our firm today at (303) 779-5300!