How Is This Different From Passenger Car Accidents?
There are several important differences between commercial trucking accidents and typical passenger car accidents. An attorney with experience in 18-wheeler accident cases can help you navigate the complexities of federal regulations governing interstate trucking companies and their drivers. One significant difference from your run-of-the-mill car crash is that when an 18-wheeler hits a much smaller passenger car, the impact is almost always devastating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when large truck crashes involve a car, approximately 95 percent of fatalities are from the passenger vehicle occupants or pedestrians.
Because of the likelihood of catastrophic injury, there are specific federal regulations that apply only to commercial motor vehicles, including fatigue rules for drivers and restrictions on what types of cargo can be hauled. The Federal Motor Carrier laws also have stringent restrictions involving the inspection and documentation of vehicles. Lastly, many trucks are equipped with “black boxes” that a skilled truck accident lawyer can utilize in investigations. The evidence from black boxes can be subpoenaed and used as evidence in cases involving negligent truck drivers.
What to Do If You’ve Been in an Accident With an 18-Wheeler?
It’s important to consult a qualified attorney about the specifics of your case if you’ve been in an accident with an 18-wheeler. Immediately after an accident, you should call the police and take any photographs and notes, and collect any witness contact information that you can. Your lawyer will evaluate your injury claim and attempt to prove that the truck driver caused the accident due to his negligence, and that your injuries were a result of that negligence. The most effective way to prove negligence is to demonstrate that the truck driver violated one of the state or federal regulations governing commercial vehicles. Courts consider violation of these regulations clear as indisputable proof of negligence. Two violations that are frequently committed are when a driver fails to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and when drivers neglect to keep accurate logbooks.
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