Accidents involving trucks are often much more complex than typical passenger vehicle accidents. If you’ve been involved in a crash with a truck, you need to know your rights and seek competent representation. The truck accident lawyers at Techmeier Law are your experts in the Milwaukee area. Here are a few common questions our clients have about truck accidents.
How are truck accident lawsuits different than other motor vehicle accident claims?
Truck accidents are much more complex than other types of car accidents and require an attorney that is experienced with truck cases. State and Federal regulations govern the trucking industry, and your case is dependent on your attorney’s knowledge of these regulations and how they apply to your case.
There are often multiple parties who can be held accountable in truck accident lawsuits, and your lawyer must be able to accurately evaluate which parties are responsible based on the specifics of your claim. Truck drivers and trucking companies are required by law to keep extensive records. Your attorney must know how to interpret these complex records.
What is an example of these regulations pertaining to truck drivers?
Hours of Service (HOS) laws were established to restrict the amount of time a truck driver can spend on the road. Truck drivers are limited to a maximum of 10 consecutive hours and 11 total hours on the road per day, and they must take at least 10 hours off between shifts. Also, truck drivers can’t exceed 60 hours on the road in one week, and must take off at least 34 consecutive hours each week.
If a driver is found in violation of these rules after being involved in an accident, the driver and his employer may be liable for substantial damages payable to other party involved in the accident.
What are the most common causes of truck accidents?
Driver fatigue is the most common cause, contributing to approximately 40% of all truck accidents, while intoxication by drug and alcohol use is also responsible for a significant amount. The rise of stimulant use among truck drivers to counteract the effects of fatigue is a troubling statistic that contributes to many accidents, and alcohol use is all too common among truck drivers as well.
Adverse weather conditions also frequently play a role in truck accidents, as poor visibility and slick roads due to snow, rain, and fog poses serious hazards for trucks due to their excessive size, poor maneuverability, and slow braking time.
There are many more factors that contribute to truck accidents, and responsible parties aren’t limited to drivers themselves. Trucking companies and truck manufacturers are frequently held liable for accidents involving trucks for which they are responsible.
Contact Techmeier Law today
The personal injury attorneys at Techmeier Law Firm will answer any questions you have regarding your truck accident claim. Let us start fighting for your rights today. Contact us at 414-301-6993 for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.