Semi Truck Accident Information Center
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A Guide to Truck Accident Litigation
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Automobile drivers become used to sharing the road with commercial trucks, also often known as “semi-trucks” or “18-wheelers.” They generally underestimate the danger of truck accidents. A car might weigh 2000-3000 pounds, but a loaded commercial truck may weigh 20, 30, or even 40 times as much. Proportionally, a truck crash affects a car like a large professional football player smashing into a newborn infant at high speed. An 18-wheeler in a truck crash exerts overwhelming and deadly force.
Freight carried by semi-trucks poses additional dangers. Semi-truck cargo that falls onto the road invites accidents. Spillage of liquid contents from 18-wheeler tanker trucks causes hazardous slicks. Hazardous freight is sometimes released in trucking accidents. Chemicals leaking from a semi-truck after a truck accident can cause poisoning, burns, or respiratory damage. Truck accidents involving flammable, combustible, or radioactive materials risk obvious injuries.
If you or someone you know is injured in a truck crash, consult with a truck accident attorney quickly, while accident evidence remains fresh and available. After assessing your injuries, an experienced truck accident attorney can evaluate your ability to win compensation for truck accident injuries and damages.
What to Do – and Not to Do – if You Are In a Truck Accident
“It was like getting hit by a truck” often describes a devastating life event. Keeping your wits about you just after a truck accident is difficult but critical. What you do while at the truck accident scene may determine whether you will compensated for injuries. Trucking companies and their lawyers are well-practiced at responding to truck crashes; most drivers are not. Just as a disaster preparedness plan helps prevent injuries after home accidents, knowing how to respond to a truck crash can prevent legal misfortunes after truck accidents. Here are eight “truck accident tips” to keep in mind.
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What Federal Rules and Regulations Must Truckers Follow?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 C.F.R. §§ 350-399) contains federal regulations applying to all vehicles engaged in interstate commerce. Individual state regulations may also apply. Demonstrating the violation of any of these rules may itself prove breach of a duty of care in a truck accident case. Some of the most important of these regulations follow.
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What to Expect During Your Truck Accident Lawsuit
Clients often ask truck accident attorneys to explain what will happen when during a personal injury lawsuit. Trucking accident lawsuits differ, but most follow a common general timeline. An experienced truck accident attorney may offer a better sense of what happens in your local courts.
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What Causes Truck Accidents?
A fully loaded semi-truck or 18-wheeler is often 20 to 40 times as heavy as the passenger cars driving nearby. Even small mistakes can lead to deadly truck crashes. The commercial trucking industry is therefore tightly regulated. Five topics that aid in understanding truck accidents are addressed below:
- How driver error causes truck accidents
- How vehicle error causes truck accidents
- How road obstacles and deficiencies cause truck accidents
- Why truck crashes are especially damaging
- How the cause of a truck accident is determined
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