Truck Accident Lawyers
A large truck – defined as any truck weighing in at 10,000 pounds or more – can do serious damage. A joint study by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the University of California, Berkeley, reveals that being hit by any vehicle that is 1,000 pounds heavier than your own can nearly doubles your risk of fatal injury. Because a fully loaded commercial tractor trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds – or 20-to-30 times as much as a passenger car – ordinary motorists are at a decided disadvantage.
Personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore note that commercial truck accidents result in thousands of deaths each year on American roadways. The vast majority of these crashes will involve multiple vehicles, and more often than not it is the occupants of these other, smaller vehicles who will perish in a truck accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) Moreover, the NHTSA maintains that although large trucks account for just four-percent of all registered vehicles, they are responsible for nine-percent of all fatal traffic accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that almost one-in-ten of all highway deaths will occur in a large truck accident.
For those who are fortunate enough to survive a truck accident, life is rarely the same. Catastrophic injuries are common, including brain injuries, broken bones and damage to internal organs. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident think twice before attempting to negotiate with an insurer or accepting an initial offer of compensation. Our truck accident lawyers say you may be entitled to more.
Establishing Liability Following a Large Truck Accident
Truck accidents are unique in that various third parties – including a truck driver’s employer, the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of the truck or even the loader of the truck’s cargo – can be held financially responsible in addition to the truck driver, himself. Trucks today are often equipped with event data recorders which enable investigators to track the performance of a vehicle up until the moment of a collision. Additionally, because the trucking industry is closely regulated by both state and federal governments, trucking companies and their drivers must adhere to various laws and regulations. If a violation has occurred, such as a failure to routinely or adequately inspect a large truck’s mechanics, the task of assessing liability in a truck accident can be straightforward.
In other situations determining who is at fault in a truck accident is considerably more difficult. Problems such as lack of experience and underestimation of weather conditions can all increase the likelihood of a crash but are not as easily proven. An experienced truck accident lawyer will also investigate the possibility of truck driver fatigue, which causes 18% of all large truck accidents according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. By law, commercial truck drivers can work a total of no more than 14 hours per day, with just 11 of those hours spent on the road. Drivers must also maintain a ten-hour period of non-work before starting any shift, and may not drive more than 60 hours in seven consecutive days, or 70 hours in eight consecutive days.
Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Represent Victims who Suffer Trucking Accident Injuries
The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore will work tirelessly to uncover the exact cause of your truck accident. Our legal team will advocate aggressively on your behalf, so that you are compensated not only for the pain and suffering you have already endured but also for the difficult road which lies ahead. Contact us online or call 1-800-CANT-WORK (1-800-226-8967) or 856-761-1222 today to schedule your free consultation at one of our offices where we proudly serve personal injury clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.