Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers

Tractor-Trailer Accidents cause serious injuries nationwide every year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that there were 42,783 injury crashes and 3,215 fatal truck accidents in 2009. These large truck accidents generally involve semis, big-rigs, tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles that have gross vehicle weight ratings of more than 10,000 pounds. Trucking accidents may occur for a variety of reasons including:

  • Excessive speed
  • Equipment failure
  • Driving in excess of the hours allowed by law
  • Driving while ill or fatigued
  • Load shifting or tipping caused by improper weight distribution
  • Driver inexperience
  • Driving in hazardous or extreme conditions
  • Violation of company procedures
  • Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

As tractor-trailer accident lawyers, we have handled tractor-trailer accident cases in various states including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and New Mexico. These cases have involved serious injuries and death. A truck accident should not be treated like a car accident. It is important to hire a truck accident attorney who understands how a case involving a commercial vehicle should be handled. Because of the safety concerns associated with the operation of tractor-trailers, there are many regulations that govern the operation of commercial vehicles. Whether a truck driver is operating his or her vehicle as an interstate carrier or an intrastate carrier, the various regulations hold the driver and the carrier to a high standard with respect to the operation of the vehicle. A truck driver is a professional and is subject to many regulations not applicable to normal car drivers such as state regulations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These regulations cover some of the following important issues that arise in tractor trailer accident cases:

  • Pre-Employment Screening of Drivers – 49 CFR § 391 et seq
  • Driver Qualification & Driver Standards – 49 CFR §§ 383 & 391 et seq,
  • Lease Regulations – 49 CFR § 376
  • Disqualification of drivers for serious traffic violations – 49 CFR § 383.51
  • Inspection, maintenance, and repair of motor vehicles – 49 CFR § 396.3
  • Driving while ill or fatigued – 49 CFR § 392.3
  • Hours of Service Regulations governing the hours a driver can operate a vehicle – 49 CFR § 395 et seq
  • Maintaining log books of drivers – 49 CFR § 395.8
  • Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing – 49 CFR § 382 et seq

Our understanding of these regulations and experience as tractor-trailer accident lawyers provide us with the background to protect your interests. A sample of the commercial carriers we have experience with through claims and litigation includes, but is not limited to: Excel Express, Rush Trucking, C.R. England, Boss Logistics, Roadway Express, Inc., Crete Carrier Trucking, Powerline Freight Systems, Inc., Morningstar Transportation, R&A Carriers, Inc., HVH Transportation, Inc., Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Cox Transfer, Inc., Timberline Transport, JKX Inc., Brass Leasing, Inc., and Greyhound Lines.

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