March 18th, 2021|
When you’re involved in a crash with a big truck, it probably doesn’t matter very much to you whether the truck was making a delivery from California or from a couple of blocks away. All you know is that you suffered serious injuries and need compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. But where the truck is from and what type of commerce it’s used for can matter quite a bit for your claim.
Trucks that regularly use federal interstates and highways and that cross state lines are subject to restrictions and guidelines enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This agency is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and it regulates virtually every aspect of the interstate trucking business. Its regulations cover everything from maintenance schedules and load maximums to rest schedules and licensing requirements.
Local trucks, on the other hand, are subject to far fewer regulations. Drivers may not even need CDLs, depending on the size of the trucks they’re driving and what they’re used for. In addition, big trucks used for local purposes aren’t always used for business—they can be rental vehicles used to transport personal items from point A to point B.
Because there’s a big difference in the requirements to safely and legally drive local trucks vs interstate-based trucks, there’s also a difference in how liability is assigned and how compensation is awarded. If you were hurt in a crash with a big truck, it’s important to get an experienced Appleton truck accident lawyer on your side right away.
October 8th, 2020|
When a driver loses control of their vehicle and causes an accident, they and they alone are often held liable for any injuries and property damage that occurs.
But truck accidents are typically different. On the surface, they may appear to be the sole liability of the drivers. However, upon deeper inspection, it may become obvious that other parties’ negligence also contributed to the crashes.
Parties that may be held liable after a truck accident include:
- The trucking company—When drivers work for trucking companies, they may have little to say about how the trucks they drive are loaded. Companies that want to maximize profits may overload their trucks or fail to load them properly, making them more difficult to handle, slow down, or stop.
- The truck owner—Sometimes trucks are owned by parties other than the drivers or the companies that use them. Truck owners are typically required to keep their trucks in good condition by inspecting and repairing critical components, such as lights, brakes, tires, and more. When they fail to do so, drivers may crash.
- Another driver—Maneuvering a big truck isn’t easy, especially when drivers need to avoid reckless drivers. So, when other drivers cut off trucks, clip them, or force them to swerve to avoid a collision, they can cause a chain reaction of events that results in a serious, multi-vehicle pile-up.
After a truck accident, don’t assume that the driver is the only party at fault for your injuries and property damage. Contact the Appleton truck accident attorneys at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers. We’ll collect all the available evidence to determine what happened and who is at fault. Then, we’ll build a claim that’s designed to get you maximum compensation. Call today for a free consultation.