Truck wrecks are not the same as car accidents. Trucking companies and their drivers must comply with the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Act. Because trucks are substantially bigger and heavier than cars, wrecks involving trucks often result in death or catastrophic injury. The laws that regulate interstate trucking are different. The forces that could affect a truck are different. And the potential sources of financial recovery for truck accident victims are different.
A truck wreck could be caused by a single factor or multiple factors:
- Was the driver using drugs or alcohol?
- Was the driver fatigued? Had he been on the road longer than allowed?
- Where there defective parts on the truck?
- Were there safety problems with the truck or its cargo?
- Was the truck properly maintained and inspected?
- Was the truck driver properly trained?
- Did the trucking company perform a thorough background check for its driver?
Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a truck wreck, work with a lawyer who has experience handling truck accident cases. While it’s always valuable to get an attorney working on your case as soon as possible, with truck accidents it can be even more critical. Witnesses need to be interviewed as soon as possible. The truck needs to be inspected, and the accident scene needs to be documented before the highway is cleaned and evidence is destroyed.
If you have been injured in an accident, call Tyson Mutrux of the Mutrux Law Firm immediately.