Trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi’s – whatever you call them, they dominate our highways. They may weigh up to 80,000 pounds (or more if running overweight). Buses, concrete trucks and other large heavy commercial vehicles are everywhere. A collision with a tractor-trailer or other large vehicle can have devastating consequences, often involving multiple injuries or death.
Have you been in an accident involving a trailer-trailer? Do you have a claim against a trucking company? Many of the large trucking companies use a variety of legal devices 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 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.
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 counsel who has the knowledge, ability and resources to navigate the maze and to sue all the responsible parties.
Working knowledge of the laws and understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and complex federal regulations 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.
Victims are at a serious disadvantage after a wreck. While the injured victim lies in a hospital bed, investigators for the trucking company are busy collecting evidence, 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.
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.