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Why is it Important to Consult with an Attorney after a Truck Accident?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

Car accidents are a huge issue on the roads and a big concern for many drivers, but there is also the ever looming danger of accidents involving 18 wheelers. While there are fewer truck accidents compared to accidents involving passenger vehicles, the damage and injuries are often far worse. Weighing in at about 80,000 pounds, these vehicles can do a lot of damage and they are sometimes being operated by a driver who has been driving for many hours and has had little sleep. Problems can also arise due to loads shifting or having been improperly secured, longer stopping time and distance, or vehicle malfunction of some sort.

From a responsibility standpoint, an accident involving a semi can be more involved too. Unlike most passenger vehicle accidents, there are usually other parties responsible for the truck as well. Most semis are owned and managed by a trucking company and that company can also sometimes be held responsible for an accident involving one of their trucks. There are far more stringent regulations placed on 18 wheelers than on passenger vehicles and sorting out accountability can be complex.

Hopefully this is an issue that most people will never have to be involved with, but if you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck wreck, you should consult with an attorney who has experience with these kinds of cases. If you are interested in getting a free assessment of your case, please fill in our form and we will be in touch to advise you.