Common Trucking Accident Questions
Between 2013 and 2015, there were 10,581 fatalities resulting from a commercial trucking accident. When an 80,000-pound truck collides with a passenger vehicle, it stands to reason those in the passenger vehicle will suffer serious injuries or even death. These accidents are much more complex than a “typical” passenger vehicles only accident because there are several factors involved which are not present in other accidents, including:
- The trucking industry is governed by numerous state and federal regulations.
- There are multiple parties which can potentially be held liable.
- The law requires trucking companies and truck drivers to keep extensive records.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, your attorney must be highly experienced in these types of cases, meaning he or she knows how to identify the party at fault, how to interpret the truck driver’s and trucking company’s records and is familiar with the state and federal trucking regulations. Some common trucking accident questions asked by those who have been involved in an accident include the following:
- How long can a truck driver legally drive? The most recent laws allow drivers to drive for a maximum of 10 consecutive hours, or 11 total hours in one day. Drivers cannot exceed 60 hours on the road in one week.
- What are the most common causes of trucking accidents? Driver fatigue is the most common cause of trucking accidents—if you have ever driven for ten hours at a stretch, you are well-aware of how exhausting it is to sit behind the wheel for that amount of time. Truck drivers are always under tight deadlines both from the trucking company as well as for their own personal reasons—when a truck driver is not driving, he or she is not getting paid. Other causes of truck accidents include: intoxication, improperly loaded cargo, improperly trained drivers, equipment failure, adverse weather conditions and other drivers who are driving distracted.
- Who is responsible for my truck accident? One or more parties may be responsible for an accident:
- The truck driver could have been fatigued, distracted or impaired.
- The trucking company could have placed an improperly trained driver on the roadways, or one who had not had a thorough background check done.
- The loading company may have improperly loaded the truck’s cargo.
- The maintenance company may not have properly performed maintenance on the truck.
- There could be a flaw in the in truck or truck parts which caused the accident, therefore the truck manufacturer or the parts manufacturer could be held responsible.
- What is a trucker’s “No-Zone?” There are specific areas around a large commercial truck where the driver has limited or no visibility. These areas include the left and right rear areas of the truck and directly behind the truck at a short distance.
- Why should I hire a truck accident attorney immediately following my accident? It is virtually a certainty that the trucking company will have an attorney—or a team of attorneys—at the scene of the crime within hours, before the vehicles are even removed. The goal of the trucking company will be to limit their liability to the greatest extent possible, meaning they want to pay you nothing, or as little as possible for your damages, even if the accident was clearly the fault of the driver, the company, or another entity. You need your own attorney—someone who is well-versed in the complexities of truck accidents, who truly has your best interests at heart, and who will fight for your rights and your future.
Contact Our Trucking Accident Lawyers
After a devastating trucking accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Milwaukee trucking accident lawyer immediately. At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., our lawyers know how serious these accidents can be and we work tirelessly for all our clients .
Our attorneys are dedicated to getting clients the full compensation they deserve. We take all our injury cases on contingency. This means that you do not pay us a fee unless we help you obtain money for damages. To discuss your case with an experienced trial lawyer, call us at 414-914-2803 or contact us today. We represent clients throughout the state from offices in Wauwatosa and Wild Rose.