Truck Accident Attorneys FAQs
How are truck accident lawsuits different to other auto accident lawsuits?
Truck accident lawsuits are fare more complex. They can involve multiple responsible parties, including large corporations and government entities. The state and federal laws which apply to the trucking industry are much more rigid and complicated than those which apply to everyday drivers. Extensive documentation is required. Collecting the evidence is a complicated process in itself.
Who can be held responsible for truck accidents?
Trucking accident lawsuits can involve multiple responsible parties including:
- Trucking companies
- Truck drivers
- Other drivers
- Truck manufacturers
- Auto manufacturers
- Government entities
What are the most common causes of truck accidents?
Truck accidents can have many causes. Often a combination of factors leads to the accident. The sheer weight and size of a large commercial truck make them difficult to get back under control if something goes wrong. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue – a contributing factors in up to 40% of trucking accidents
- Defective or poorly maintained truck
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Overloaded truck
- Improperly loaded truck
- Defective roadways
- Excessive speed
- Recklessness of other drivers
What is an underride accident?
Underride accidents happen when a car slides underneath a truck, cutting into or chopping off the passenger compartment. They commonly result in amputations decapitations and death. Underride accidents are some of the most gruesome and deadly accidents on the road.
Do you have to have a special license to drive a large commercial truck?
Yes, Truck drivers must go through special training and take difficult tests in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). There are different classes of CDL which determine the types of trucks drivers may operate and the type of loads they can carry. Hauling hazardous materials or driving more dangerous trucks requires extensive training. Accidents, traffic violations, and violations of trucking laws can cost a driver his or her CDL.
Are there laws limiting the amount of time a truck driver spends on the road?
Yes, very strict and specific rules called hours of service (HOS) regulations dictate how long a driver may spend on the road each day and each week, and how much time they must take off to rest each day and each week. Drivers are required to keep a record of their driving times in their log books.
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