18 Wheeler Trucks are among the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road; weighing up to 80,000 pounds and stretching up to 100 feet in length, they can cause some very serious and life-altering damage in an accident. 18 Wheeler truck drivers are held to strict standards, because when such a driver acts negligently, the results can be catastrophic. The results of negligence on the part of an 18 Wheeler Truck driver can range from various collisions, to rollover accidents and jackknife accidents. 18 Wheeler Accidents are different types of legal cases than other auto accident cases.
In many cases, more than one potential defendant may be liable for your damages and injuries. You are invited to contact me to hear more about which defendants should be included in your 18 Wheeler lawsuit.
18 Wheeler trucking is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Saftey Administration (FMCSA), which provides guidelines for 18 Wheeler truck drivers, companies, manufacturers, and other people or entities that may be involved in 18 Wheeler commercial trucking.
The FMCSA requires 18 Wheeler Drivers to:
18 Wheeler Trucking Companies are required to:
18 Wheeler Truck Driver fatigue is expressly regulated by the FMCSA. Fatigued drivers pose a serious safety threat to the public at large. There also exists the temptation of additional profit for the trucking companies to push their drivers beyond a safe amount of time behind the wheel on a daily basis. Because of the threat posed by tired or drowsy drivers, the FMCSA provides some regulations regarding the hours an 18 Wheeler Truck driver can work:
Because of the profit incentive that exists for companies to try and push their truck drivers to deliver goods on time, there are times where the FMCSA guidelines are broken. Some 18 Wheeler truck drivers may not be truthful in recording entries to their log books. In these situations, it comes to the attorney to prove the differences between the 18 Wheeler Truck driver's books, and other evidence that may tell a different story, such as:
Because of the extensive federal regulation controling how commercial 18 Wheeler Trucking activity is to be conducted, there is not much room left for an accident to occur without negligence on someone's part. Common causes of 18 Wheeler Truck accidents include:
18 Wheeler Trucks are often much larger and heavier than the other vehicles involved in an accident, and this results in a much higher chance of serious injury or death. Approximate 3/4 of the serious injuries or fatalities that occur in 18 Wheeler Trucking accidents are suffered by the occupants of the other vehicle involved. These injuries include:
Due to the serious threat posed to victims in 18 Wheeler Trucking accidents, a larger insurance policy is required to compensate injured victims.
The nature and extent of damages differes on a case-by-case basis. You are invited to contact me to discuss your damages in further detail. Common damages include:
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