The most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds there were 4,067 people killed and an estimated 116,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks in a single year.
If you or a loved one was the victim in a “big rig” truck crash, time is of the essence in protecting your rights. In truck collisions, federal regulations require that certain essential evidence only be maintained for a limited amount of time.
For example, the truck driver’s log may be destroyed after six months if an attorney does not obtain a court order or take other immediate action. The lawyers at Hicks & Motto know exactly what immediate actions to take, ensuring all truck crash evidence is preserved for your case.
Federal regulations also require over-the-road trucks to carry various levels of insurance coverage, depending on the nature of materials hauled. Many times, trucking, hauling, and leasing companies may argue over which insurance company is responsible for compensating the victim in a truck collision.
There are certain conditions inherent in the driving of a truck that make truck accidents potentially more significant than other vehicle collisions. A semi tractor-trailer uses a compressed air-braking system, an effective means for stopping large vehicles. But the additional time required to slow or stop an 80,000-pound 18-wheeler versus the average car weight of about 3,000 pounds, means that mistakes made by large truck drivers dramatically increase the potential to cause serious injury or death in a crash.
In a crash between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck, the occupants of the passenger vehicle almost always suffer the most serious injuries, many resulting in a lifetime of pain and hardship. At Hicks & Motto, our team of attorneys and staff know the best approach to protecting your rights after a trucking-involved injury. We have experience handling a wide variety of truck driver error cases, including:
- Reckless driving
- Failure to maintain a proper speed
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Following too close
- Drunk driving
- Unsecured load
- Driver fatigue
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) violations
Please do not hesitate to set up a free personal injury consultation with our attorneys; time is of the essence in these big-rig accidents.