Involved in a wreck with a tractor-trailer? Do you have a family member injured in a trucking accident? Has a loved one been killed by a truck driver?
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Trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, big rigs, semi’s – whatever you call them, they dominate our highways. They may weigh 80,000 pounds or more. Buses, concrete trucks, dump trucks, and other heavy commercial vehicles are everywhere. A collision with a tractor-trailer can have devastating consequences, often involving multiple injuries or death.
Prompt and thorough investigation is essential.
Victims are at a serious disadvantage after a wreck involving a trucking company. While the injured victim lies in a hospital bed, investigators for the trucking company are busy collecting evidence, downloading data from the truck’s black box, taking photographs and interviewing witnesses. An accident reconstruction expert may already be hired to develop the facts the way they want them to be. After a wreck, the last thing the victim’s family is thinking about is collecting and preserving evidence for use in a lawsuit. But that is exactly what the trucking company will be doing.
Navigating the maze – experience counts
Navigating the maze of federal and state regulations, and penetrating the layers of protection surrounding some of these companies can be a daunting task. If you, or a family member, are seriously injured, or killed, in a trucking accident, you should seek experienced trucking counsel who have the knowledge, ability and resources to navigate the maze and to sue all the responsible parties. Cases involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles are often far more complex and difficult than an ordinary car wreck case.
Many of the large trucking companies use a variety of legal devices to try to shield themselves from liability for accidents on the highways and for injuries on the job. A truck driver may not even be an employee of the trucking company that he appears to be driving for. He or she may be an independent owner-operator leased to another trucking company. Sometimes the leases are for one trip only. Brokers may be utilized to match companies, drivers and loads. All too often, however, when an accident occurs and someone is injured or killed no one is willing to accept responsibility, or the responsible party lacks sufficient insurance to pay all the losses.
Rules, regulations and experts
Working knowledge of the laws and understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and complex federal regulations, (FMCSR) as well as applicable state law is essential. Willingness and the ability to hire outstanding experts to assist with the case in fields such as accident reconstruction, human factors and biomechanical engineering is essential. Do not accept anything less than experienced and qualified counsel in a serious injury or death case involving the trucking industry. Skill, experience and persistence can bring results, even in difficult cases.
Do not hesitate to call (423) 634-0871 or (706) 770-6956.
If you or a member of your family is a victim of trucking accident, obtain experienced legal counsel quickly. The Hamilton Firm has a proven track record of settlements and judgments in complex cases against trucking companies and the trucking industry. Call for assistance and we will arrange for an appointment as quickly as time permits. Hospital visits can be arranged.