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Large trucks form the backbone of our commercial transportation system and are an essential part of our economy, but they can create a hazard to drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles and others on the road.

Trucks have the potential to do substantial damage to passenger vehicles because of the tremendous difference in weight. In 2011, 3757 people died as a result of large truck accidents and another 88,000 were injured. If you were injured due to a truck accident contact our Foley truck accident attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana.

State & Federal Trucking Laws

If you are injured in a truck accident, you should always make certain that the lawyer who represents you is familiar with both state and federal trucking laws.

Federal and state regulations dictate such things as:

  1. Maximum loads
  2. Maintenance schedules
  3. Required inspections
  4. Liability insurance
  5. Number of hours a driver is allowed to drive at a stretch.

The personal injury attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel and Asthana have extensive truck accident experience, understand the complex laws that govern the trucking industry, and are proficient at identifying violations that point to driver or owner liability when an accident causes injuries to others.

Types of Commercial Trucks

  • Semi-trucks are the largest of the commercial trucks, weighing in at around 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, compared to a passenger vehicle weighing only several thousand pounds. These monsters of the road are responsible for more than their share of injuries and fatalities.
  • Tanker trucks carry liquid cargoes which are sometimes flammable or toxic. If a tanker is not fully loaded and the liquid sloshes from side to side, it can throw the truck off balance, causing it to overturn. This can cause an accident with another vehicle or can injure people in the vicinity by exposing them to toxins or by catching fire.
  • Delivery trucks such as UPS, DHL, and FedEx are ubiquitous. Drivers have strict schedules and delivery quotas, which at times predispose their drivers to be more concerned with speed than with safety.
  • Sanitation trucks (garbage trucks) prowl through both residential and commercial areas where they often must maneuver in small areas, backing up frequently creating a danger to pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles.
  • Construction trucks include dump trucks, cement mixer trucks, and flatbed trucks that move construction equipment and materials. They are heavy and unwieldy, and a crash or back-over can result in serious damage to other vehicles on the road and workers on the construction site.

Truck Owner & Driver Negligence

Many commercial truck accidents are caused by driver or trucking company negligence. These are just a few of the many causes of truck accidents that might be attributable to negligence, giving victims the right to bring a legal action to recover damages:

  • Speeding
  • Driver use of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Careless lane changes
  • Driver distraction
  • Disregard of traffic laws, signs, or signals
  • Failing to set the parking brake on a slope
  • Braking abruptly
  • Missing under-ride guard
  • Skipping scheduled maintenance
  • Overloading
  • Failing to conduct legally mandated inspections
  • Driver fatigue
  • Insufficient training of drivers

When a Truck Accident Occurs

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is important to retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible — before you engage in any conversation with the adjuster for the truck’s insurance company. Get medical attention immediately, and then contact an experienced truck accident attorney.

The Foley personal injury attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana offer a free case consultation in which we will answer all your questions and discuss your legal options from the liable parties. Call us now at (251) 262-2279.

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