Trucking is an integral part of commerce in our nation, allowing produce grown in California to reach store shelves in Maine. However, there is no denying that it takes special care to operate a fully-loaded semi-truck. Truckers must have a special license showing they are trained to operate these behemoth vehicles. In addition, there are rules in place regarding how long a trucker can be on the road before being required to take a rest break, to prevent drowsy driving. Why all these rules? It is because an accident involving an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer has the potential to be catastrophic.
A standard automobile is simply no match for a semi-truck when the two collide. If a trucker is speeding, fails to stop at a red light or stop sign, drives while under the influence or falls asleep while driving, for example, it could cause a truck accident that causes the driver and passengers of the other vehicles involved to suffer serious injuries. In the worst of cases, fatalities occur.
It is important to hold truck drivers and the companies they work for responsible when a trucker negligently causes a collision. The amount of damages a person can suffer in a truck accident can reach tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and lost wages. Truck accident victims should not be left to shoulder these expenses alone when it is not their fault they were injured.
At our law firm we are prepared to take on trucking companies, insurance companies and opposing attorneys in truck accident cases. While these parties will try to deny that the trucker at issue was responsible, we are able to attempt to rebut these arguments, work with eyewitnesses and bring a strong knowledge of the law to personal injury cases involving truck accidents. For more information on this topic, please feel free to visit our law firm’s webpage on truck accidents.