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Truck Accidents

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overview

Large commercial trucks (semi's, tractor-trailers) are vital to America’s economy, but the size and number of trucks can cause significant risks to the health and safety of others on the road. Truck accidents, far more than other types of automotive accidents, can often result in catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a large truck or 18-wheeler, you know first-hand how frightening it can be and the physical and financial toll it takes on you in its aftermath. These medical bills can drain your finances dry, but you shouldn’t have to pay when someone else is at fault.

causes

Truck drivers or transportation companies may be negligent in several ways.  The types of issues that lead to commercial truck driving accidents include:

  • Trucking Company Negligence – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state regulations require that commercial trucking companies carefully screen and train new drivers.  Failure to follow these requirements can result in unqualified and poorly trained drivers to be on the road. In addition, motor carrier companies may be lax in overseeing that drivers are staying within regulations for time of operation and mandatory rest periods.  Improper maintenance of the trucks could also be the cause of accidents. Our attorneys are very familiar with the regulations trucking companies should follow and work closely with experts to prove when a company has violated these important safety requirements.
  • Driver Error –  Many accidents are caused by truck drivers failing to follow the Rules of the Road that apply to all drivers.  In addition, fatigue and distraction can cause a truck driver to fail to see changes in traffic flow ahead of them.  Despite specific federal rules requiring truck drivers to use extra caution when weather affects safety, some drivers fail to reduce speed or wait until conditions improve.
  • Truck Malfunction / Defective Parts – It is the responsibility of the trucking company to make sure their trucks are in working condition.  Federal rules require that drivers do a pre-trip check of all vital safety components of the truck. Failure by the trucking company or driver to maintain safe trucks can lead devastating accidents and are a clear basis for liability.  
  • Blind Spot Accidents or “No Zone” Truck Accidents – The “no zone” of a commercial vehicle are the large blind spots that mirrors cannot see. It is a truck driver’s duty to carefully check their blind spots or “no zones” when performing any kind of traffic maneuver.  
  • Improper Loading / Securing of Cargo – Federal rules direct how cargo is to be loaded and secured.  If cargo shifts during transit it can cause loss of control of the truck and may also injure those responsible for unloading the truck.  Our attorneys and staff work with investigators and experts to determine if an accident was caused due to improper loading or securing cargo.

What to do when you’re in a truck accident?

Of course, getting proper medical attention is the first priority after a serious accident.  It is also important to get experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Vital investigative information may be lost or destroyed, unless proper steps are taken to discover the facts and make sure that evidence is preserved.  If possible, photos of the scene and vehicles should be taken, and the names of any witnesses recorded.

How can Habush Help?

No amount of money can substitute for good health or replace a human life.  But, full compensation can lessen the financial burden of serious injuries, hold the proper party accountable, and provide the injured with some peace of mind.

At Habush Habush & Rottier we have decades of successfully representing people who have been injured due to the negligence of trucking companies and careless drivers.   We have experienced investigators and trucking experts who team with our lawyers to provide thorough and knowledgeable representation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident we can help with making sure the medical bills are paid, payment is made for lost wages, and full compensation made for pain, suffering, and disability.   Call us for a free consultation: 1-800-242-2874.

Contact

If you or a loved one has experienced a truck accident in Wisconsin contact the truck accident attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier for a free consultation today. 1-800-242-2874 or use our chat contact.

FAQ's

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  Can I hold a trucking company responsible for a truck accident?

Trucking companies are responsible to follow federal and state regulations for screening and training new drivers.  If a trucking company fails to properly hire and/or train their employees, they may be held liable for any injuries that their employees cause. Scheduling can sometimes be a problem as well, and negligent companies may not allow a driver enough time to rest when making his or her delivery. This is particularly dangerous, as driver fatigue accounts for many accidents involving trucks and passenger vehicles each year.

  Are truck drivers held to different standards than non-commercial drivers?

Commercial truck drivers have specific federal and state regulations they are required to follow.  These rules cover training, hours of operation, pre-trip safety checks, annual physicals and drug testing rules.  Some roads also have stricter limits on speeding and have to obtain a special license to operate a commercial vehicle.

  Who’s liable if a truck accident was caused by improper loading?

Federal regulations provide specific rules for safe loading and securing cargo.  While the driver has some responsibilities for safely securing cargo, other parties involved in the loading may share in the responsibility.  It is important that all potential parties be identified to ensure that full compensation is recovered.

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Results

  • $5.4 million to woman suffering from brain injury after being hit by a dump truck
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