Truck Accident Attorney
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), "most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants". In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2015 97% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck were occupants of a passenger vehicle. This statistic, according to the IIHS, should come as no surprise given the fact that "trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles under ridding trucks in crashes". To complicate matters further, and according to the IIHS, "loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch and up to 77 hours over a seven-day period. Surveys indicate that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted."
The dangers associated with large trucks sharing the same roadways as passenger vehicles have been known for decades. In 1935 the United States Congress enacted the Motor Vehicle Carrier Act to address this danger and, as a result the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations were born. Violations of these regulations by truck drivers and the companies they work for can provide additional causes of action to motorists who sustain injuries and damages caused by the negligence of a driver of a large truck.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of the driver of a large truck CONTACT OUR OFFICE NOW to discuss your case. At W. Randall Rock, Attorney at Law, we are well versed in the rules and regulations that apply in truck accidents and know how to properly investigate your accident and obtain the damages you deserve.
Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney
For the most part, the driver of a large truck must follow the same rules of the road that apply to the driver of a passenger motor vehicle. Moving violations, as they are sometimes called, are still violations of law whether violated by a driver of a passenger vehicle or the driver of a large truck. Truck drivers, and their employers, however, are subject to additional rules that do not apply to the driver of a passenger motor vehicle. These additional rules, known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, can be an additional tool which can be used to establish liability of the truck driver and the truck driver's employer when the Regulations are not followed.
At W. Randall Rock, Attorney at Law, we understand the Regulations that apply to large trucks and commercial carriers, and know how to properly investigate collisions involving large trucks to find violations of those Regulations when they exist.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of the driver of a large truck or commercial carrier CALL US TODAY at (937)224-7625(ROCK), at (855)206-7628 or complete the form below to receive a FREE INITIAL and CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION. Like fees for wrongful death or medical malpractice we will represent your interests on a contingent fee basis and, therefore, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE UNLESS YOU PREVAIL.
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