Large commercial trucks, sometimes called tractor-trailers, big rigs, or semi-trucks, can weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Considering how powerful large commercial trucks are, they can inflict enormous harm when involved in road accidents. Because of the complexity of trucking accidents, it’s recommended that you contact a personal injury attorney who can help you put together your case and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Here are just a few of the factors that make trucking accident cases so complicated:
- Fault and Negligence – The first step in litigating after a trucking accident is determining what type of case you may have. Besides the trucking company itself, the accident can involve manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and other parties that may have been guilty of negligence. Fortunately, a personal injury lawyer can make sure that the parties responsible for your injuries are held accountable for their negligence.
- State and Federal Rules – When an 18-wheeler is involved in a road accident, additional state and federal rules apply. They concern such things as the amount of time spent on the road by the truck driver, safety requirements, and the maintenance of the vehicle. Making sense of these laws can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with the statutes concerning trucking accidents.
- Information Gathering – In addition to the exact circumstances of the truck accident, there is a great deal of other relevant information that must be gathered before a lawsuit can be brought against the parties responsible for your injuries. This information includes the maintenance log of the truck, the driving record of the truck operator, and the accident record of the company that owns the truck. It’s the job of your personal injury lawyer to sort through this information to ensure that your lawsuit is as strong as possible.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates. Our attorneys have successfully represented thousands of injured people and collected millions of dollars on their behalf. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us online or dial (888) 481-2579.