Motor vehicle accidents involving trucks or larger vehicles can be especially devastating, for a number of reasons. Large trucks such as semis and 18-wheelers generally have a much larger blind spot than other vehicles. An 18-wheeler or semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, with a stopping distance that is longer than a passenger vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages to your vehicle. Injuries resulting from an accident involving a truck are often far more severe than injuries sustained in other kinds of motor vehicle accidents.
There are many different scenarios that may lead to a truck accident:
- Impaired or intoxicated driver
- Improperly loaded vehicle
- Negligence of truck maintenance
- Fatigued driving
- Untrained truck drivers
- Failure to take federally mandated breaks from driving
Many trucks on the road are commercial vehicles, which means that the drivers and commercial trucking companies are required to adhere to certain federal guidelines in order to maintain safety on the road. This includes limiting the number of hours on the road and requiring regularly scheduled breaks from driving in order to maintain a healthy sleep cycle.
However, when commercial drivers are trying to complete an assignment with a deadline in mind, they may take certain stimulants to stay awake while driving for long hours and alter their driving logs to make it appear that they are taking their required breaks. When a truck driver is driving on the road fatigued or under the influence of a substance, this is when the driver becomes most hazardous to other drivers on the road.
Truck companies are also required to make sure that all equipment on their trucks is fully maintained and safe for the road. These maintenance routines include checks of the braking equipment, tires, and steering components. If a driver is not trained to perform these maintenance routines, or if the routines are not performed both before and after each trip, this could lead to mechanical failure and devastating accidents.
Trucking companies are required to have insurance for their drivers, but they may try to avoid liability in the event of an accident where one of their drivers are at fault. This is why it is imperative to have a knowledgeable trucking accident attorney to support you.
At the Law Offices of Steve Boyd & John Elmore, we have your best interests in mind and we have a team of experienced truck accident attorneys ready to take on your case. We will make sure that your rights are represented and that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your personal injuries, damages or replacement of your vehicle and your emotional trauma and pain and suffering after a severe truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Steve Boyd and John Elmore today, where we have truck accident attorneys standing by to answer your questions, so you can focus on recovering from your accident.