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Truck accident, especially those involving 18-wheelers, gravel trucks, moving vans, and other very large trucks, can cause very serious injuries or death. In addition to their size, large trucks often carry hazardous materials such as chemicals, solvents, or flammable liquids. These are just two reasons why truck accidents are more likely to cause fatal or serious injuries than accidents involving other motor vehicles. In addition, the regulations, designed to protect others on the road from harm and injury, are not always followed. Rules about the number of hours that can be driven before a rest period, the types of tires allowed, and the weight of the load, are sometimes ignored by trucking companies. Finally, large truck crashes are more likely to involve multiple vehicles, cause pile-ups and roadblocks, and generate additional accidents and serious injuries.
TRUCK ACCIDENTS – AN OVERVIEW
A traffic accident involving a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler or semi truck, can have disastrous consequences. A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of the shear size of trucks, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. An experienced attorney can help determine whether you have a claim.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT
A motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, particularly when it involves a commercial truck. If you or a family member was involved in a truck accident, regardless of whether or not you were injured, you may be wondering what you should do next. An experienced truck accident attorney can advise you about what to do and the steps you need to take in order to preserve evidence and bring a claim.
OVERVIEW OF FEDERAL TRUCKING REGULATIONS
Those involved in the trucking industry must abide by numerous federal and state regulations. The federal regulations can be found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 C.F.R. §§ 350-399). These regulations govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic. These regulations are extensive and can be confusing. An experienced lawyer can explain these regulations and how they may apply to your truck accident case.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be unsure of what your legal options are. You may never have been involved in a lawsuit before, and you may not know what to expect. The following information provides an overview as to how a civil suit normally proceeds. An experienced lawyer will be able to answer any specific questions you might have about your truck accident case.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, semi trucks, tractor trailers and other large freight carriers tower over the small passenger vehicles they must share the road with. Especially on major highways and at higher speeds, seemingly insignificant driving errors that may occur without consequence where small vehicles are concerned can result in catastrophe when a large truck is involved. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, determining the cause of the accident may be difficult. An experienced lawyer can gather evidence and work with experts to understand the cause of your accident and file claims against the responsible parties.
The Denton and Dallas trucking accident attorneys at our firm, Haire Law Firm, have handled many claims for injuries resulting from truck accidents. For more information about truck accidents, please contact us at our Denton or Dallas, Texas law firm.
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Haire Law Firm in Denton and Dallas, Texas provides skilled representation to individuals and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the fault of another. We have fluent Spanish-speaking staff, highly knowledgeable personal injury paralegals, and a 24-hour answering service. Our personal injury law firm focuses on helping people who have been injured as a result of another person’s carelessness or negligence. For more than twenty years, our Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth personal injury lawyers have helped people and their family members obtain many millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries or wrongful death.
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