Surprisingly, there are approximately 500,000 commercial trucking accidents in the United States every year. Unfortunately, accidents involving semi-trucks are invariably more severe than accidents involving automobiles. Semi-trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while an average automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of this huge weight disparity, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to cause severe injuries.
Due to the catastrophic injuries that often occur during commercial trucking accidents, the Federal Government highly regulates the over-the-road trucking industry. There are numerous rules and regulations that govern commercial trucking companies and their drivers. It is critical to fully investigate the level of compliance with these rules and regulations by the trucking company, and its driver, in any commercial accident that causes serious injuries.
There are many potential causes of semi-truck accidents. Some of the most common are:
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, it is important to contact a qualified attorney as quickly as possible so that critical evidence is preserved. For example, Federal Regulations require trucking companies to maintain copies of their driver’s “log books” (which show how much time the driver has been driving) for six months. If you or a loved one has been injured n an accident involving a commercial truck, please call or email us today. The highly skilled attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, PC are experts in handling semi-truck cases and are here to help.
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