Trucking Accidents: Time is of the Essence
Throughout the United States, interstate commerce continues to develop, thrive, and grow. As a result, many companies utilize large trucks on the road to carry goods, equipment, or raw materials to various locations. As any regular driver has seen, eighteen-wheeler trucks are massive and powerful vehicles. Auto accidents involving eighteen-wheeler trucks are often devastating and cause catastrophic injuries, destruction, and death.
Importantly, if an accident occurs, it is critical that people act swiftly and decisively.
An accident scene often has vital evidence that may be needed for an injured party to prosecute their case. Pictures should be taken and witness statements should be recorded. If there is a defect in the truck itself, it is vital that an inspection of the truck be scheduled as soon as possible. To get the ball rolling, this almost always requires hiring an attorney, who would likely send out an evidence preservation letter to the trucking company and other possible defendants in a lawsuit.
Everyone has heard the saying “accidents happen.” But while that axiom has some truth to it, many accidents are preventable. Too often, trucking companies take shortcuts that lead to accidents. Drivers are over-worked and on the road for too many hours. Certain drivers may not have been trained on how to operate a truck properly. Others may be texting and driving. Reckless, inattentive, or other driver errors are often the direct cause of trucking accidents.
Additionally, companies potentially may have taken shortcuts with the maintenance of the truck itself. For example, the owner of the truck may not have had the vehicle repaired properly. Various parts such as axles, trailer hitches, and loads may detach from the truck if they are not secured properly.
Both employed truck drivers and trucking companies are required to follow federal and state law. Federal law has a series of law called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations (FMCSA). Various states have their own requirements. These laws are designed to keep the public safe, especially other drivers on the road. But too often, both employees and / or trucking companies fail to follow these laws.
Trucking accident cases can be complex and challenging. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, it is vital to quickly contact an attorney to protect your rights. A qualified and experienced attorney will take the initial steps to protect your rights. The attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. have significant experience in trucking accident cases and will evaluate a trucking accident case at no cost.