Due to their large capacity, tractor trailers and trucks are an important way to transport goods, but when involved in an accident, their heavy weight and expansive size can cause terrible and deadly accidents. For those injured in an accident involving a commercial trucking vehicle, the cases are consistently more complicated and challenging than a traditional automobile accident. The experienced attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt know how to handle your case from start to finish, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Despite national regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are still far too many accidents involving large vehicles and trucks. In 2013, a total of 3,602 people died in crashes involving large trucks, and 95,000 people were injured in large truck crashes. The FMCSA cites 5 driver-related factors for large truck fatalities:
Distraction and/or inattention while driving
Failure to stay in the proper lane
Failure to yield right of way
Like all accident cases, the causes are not always clear, and like every driver, semi-truck drivers can be either the cause of an accident or the victim of an accident. However, truck drivers are often at an increased risk of causing an accident, not only because of the massive size of the vehicles they drive, but also because they are more likely to be fatigued after long shifts at the wheel. Additionally, trucks can cause problems on the road if they are not loaded or inspected properly before departure. Trucks can be subject to freight falling off the back and damaging or injuring motorists if not stored or loaded properly. Even mechanical failures can have deadly and far-reaching consequences, as any catastrophic failures could result in loss of control of the entire truck. The leading causes of semi-truck accidents are truck driver fatigue caused by truck companies demands, speeding, distracted driving and problems with cargo or inspection. No matter the type of truck, these problems can lead to disastrous accidents.
Rules and Regulations
Truck companies are required to follow strict regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of all those on the road. In a truck accident case, there can be many people who are potentially at fault, from the truck driver himself, or the company he works for, even the people who packed the truck, or the manufacturer of the trucks could be responsible for the accident. After injury to yourself or death of a loved one, pursuing a case against the responsible parties can be stressful, confusing and upsetting.
How Can We Help?
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, the dedicated attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt will work with you to provide the best representation possible, while striving to minimize your distress and anxiety during such a challenging time. Our work on your case can include fighting to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, compensating you for pain and suffering, as well as gathering evidence and standing up to aggressive adjusters who want to deny your claim. For further information on handling a trucking accident, contact Rehmeyer & Allatt for a free consultation at 814-343-9860.