ARE YOU THE VICTIM OF A TRUCKING ACCIDENT?
Because of their size and weight, trucks can easily cause violent, horrific accidents and fatalities. To find out if you have a case to pursue compensation, please call The Maurer Law Firm at (845) 896-5295 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Fishkill accident lawyer Ira Maurer.
Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyer
Our experienced Poughkeepsie and Fishkill truck accident lawyer can assist you with all aspects of your accident claim, including the following:
- Truck Accident Questions and Answers
- Truck Accident Investigations
- Truck Accident Statistics
- Federal Trucking Regulations
- Truck Accident Resources
An auto accident involving a tractor trailer, also known as an 18 wheeler or semi, can cause total devastation in a collision with a car. The reason is obvious. A massive truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and can be up to 75 feet in length. Considering these numbers, it is not at all surprising that truck accidents result in a greater number of serious or catastrophic injuries and deaths than other traffic accidents.
Truck accident lawsuits tend to be far more complex than other vehicle accidents, so it is best to immediately consult with a truck accident lawyer who will look out for your best interests. Trucking company investigators and insurance adjusters immediately start defending the trucking companies after an accident from anticipated lawsuits, and they are quick to gather evidence and expert advice to deny you compensation. They may even say you are responsible for causing the truck accident.
Your Truck Accident Case
Trucking litigation can involve claims against many types of parties, including:
- Negligent truck drivers
- Companies who hire truck drivers
- Truck and truck part manufacturers
That's why the federal government strictly regulates the trucking industry with weight and length limits and rules for commercial licenses, how many hours in a day a truck driver can drive, drug or alcohol testing and strict maintenance and manufacturing standards. Even so, tens of thousands of trucking accidents occur each year, leaving victims in smaller and lighter passenger cars with severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Truck drivers themselves can also sustain serious or catastrophic injuries or death due to improper maintenance of their trucks or manufacturing defects.
When a tractor-trailer is driving in hazardous conditions, federal law requires the truck driver to use extreme caution. The extreme caution standard pre-empts, or supersedes, state law. The federal regulation is 49 Code of Federal Regulations Section 392.14. This regulation requires that:
The trucking regulation requires truck drivers to reduce speed when these hazardous conditions exist and even requires a truck driver to stop driving if the driver can’t drive safely while those conditions exist.
If you are a truck driver working for a national trucking company and you are seriously injured due to a defect in the truck, you may be able to successfully sue for damages beyond the wage and medical benefits provided by your state's workers' compensation system. This is because the workers' compensation laws only prevent you from suing your own employer, but don't block lawsuits against another company that owns the truck or companies that manufactured the truck or individually defective truck parts.
The Maurer Law Firm represents seriously injured victims of truck accidents across the United States. If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, or are a lawyer seeking co-counsel, we welcome your inquires. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced Poughkeepsie and Fishkill truck accident lawyer, please contact The Maurer Law Firm.
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