Semi Truck Accident News

Could the New Wireless Inspections Help Semi Truck Safety?

Semi Truck SafetySemi Truck Safety Could Face Major Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a live field test to determine if wireless technology could be used to conduct roadside inspections. As part of the ongoing efforts to ramp up the commercial vehicle inspection arena and to improve semi truck safety, the agency is attempting to balance efficiency while simultaneously improving quality. Currently, semi truck safety inspections are conducted by government or federal inspectors. However, the proposed wireless inspections are envisioned as being lightning fast and would allow truck drivers to continue on their way instead of stopping for evaluation.

According to the FMCSA, the testing on wireless semi truck safety inspections will continue for the next three years on 2,400 miles of roads in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky and will analyze a study group of 1,000 commercial vehicles. In order for this technology to be successful, it will need to streamline drivers in compliance with regulations while flagging and stopping the non-compliant, dangerous truck drivers.

The wireless system will process information from a transmitter inside the semi truck and send it to state and federal databases, the inspection facility and the carrier itself. Trucks that are not in compliance will send a message to the operations center and to the truck driver himself. The message will either direct the driver to turn into an inspection area or to continue on the way.

This technology will occur in a geofence area, or within trigger points for the system that will be positioned on the highway. Once the drivers enter into this area, data will immediately begin transmitting to the operations center. The center will then interpret the information, including the credentials of the driver, as well as hours of service, truck information and data pertaining to the carrier.

Provided the wireless systems are fully functional and properly implemented, the technology could be an effective way to streamline careful, compliant drivers while weeding out and scrutinizing those who may be more likely to disregard semi truck safety. It will also help safety directors, help regulators and help prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities that occur due to poor semi truck safety.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or if you have concerns about semi truck safety following a crash, contact the American Injury Attorney Group. We can review your case, free of charge, and help you understand your legal rights in your particular situation. We can also answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process if you decide to file a lawsuit.

New Truck Driving Regulations: EOBR in Every Truck

Truck Driving RegulationsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published its electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) proposal just a few short days after it received approval from the government. According to the agency, the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would improve the safety of commercial motor vehicles and reduce the burden of the paperwork required for both motor carriers and drivers.

FMCSA Proposes New Truck Driving Regulations

The new rule would establish four amendments to the agency’s current truck driving regulations as follows:

  • Minimum design and performance standards for electronic logging devices (ELDs) which are used to prove hours-of-service (HOS)
  • Ways to address concerns about harassment resulting from the obligatory use of ELDs
  • Requirements for the required use of ELDs by drivers necessary to prepare HOS records of duty status
  • Requirements pertaining to supporting documents to prove HOS

Other agencies are also supporting the proposal which would force the mandatory use of Electronic Logging Devices, previously known as Electronic Onboard Recorders, while others have expressed concern. In the past, EOBRs would allow dispatchers to reportedly “coerce” or “bully” drivers into driving for longer stretches of time or when they feel it would be unsafe to operate the vehicle since dispatchers know exactly how many hours a day a driver has left at any given time.

For example, a driver may wish to wait out severe weather conditions but may feel forced to continue through hazards by the dispatchers. The proposed rule would contain specific measures that would prevent such harassment and keep fatigued drivers off the road, potentially preventing 20 deaths and 434 injuries each year while saving an estimated $394.89 million. As a result, there could be fewer drivers filing a semi truck accident lawsuit after sustaining injuries in accidents due to driver negligence.

Additionally, mandatory EOBRs would reduce the amount of violations as truck drivers would be unable to misrepresent their time as they are able to do currently using standard logbooks. The rule is anticipated to go into effect two years after it is published, which is likely to happen at the end of 2014. With this schedule, the rules will go into effect toward the end of 2016.

Importance of Truck Driving Regulations

Truck driving regulations may be useful in preventing truck driver fatigue, distracted  driving and other types of negligence. Those who are injured in an accident due to negligence may consider filing a semi truck accident lawsuit in an effort to seek compensation for their condition. According to statistics, more than 500,000 semi truck accidents occur each year in the U.S.

Truck driving regulations can include a steep penalty for drivers who operate a semi truck while distracted behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited the use of mobile devices in an attempt to prevent texting by semi truck drivers while they are operating large commercial vehicles. Other truck driving regulations involve specifications pertaining to the hours in which a truck driver may continuously operate his vehicle before taking a federally mandated break.

However, despite truck driving regulations existing to help prevent accidents, crashes do occur due to negligence, driving under the influence, improperly maintained vehicles and other factors.  Those who have been injured are urged to seek legal counsel to determine whether they have a valid semi truck accident lawsuit.

Do You Have a Semi Truck Accident Lawsuit?

If you or someone you love were injured and would like to learn more about filing a semi truck accident lawsuit, contact the American Injury Attorney Group as soon as possible. We will review your case, help you to determine if you have a valid claim and connect you with an experienced attorney who can assist you in recovering compensation from your semi truck accident lawsuit for damages you have suffered. You may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses, depending on the conditions of your semi truck accident lawsuit.

Train Company Accused of Evidence Tampering in Semi Truck Crash Case

Amtrak-Semi Truck CrashSemi Truck Crash with Amtrak Train

The company whose driver was allegedly to blame for causing a semi truck crash involving an Amtrak train that resulted in six deaths, including the truck driver, is claiming that the company responsible for maintaining the train tracks deliberately destroyed or altered evidence in an attempt to make it appear as though the driver was at fault.

If you need to speak to a truck accident attorney regarding an accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group for more information. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and connect you with an experienced lawyer who will assist you throughout the legal process.

Company Accused of Tampering with Evidence

According to the driver’s employer, John Davis Trucking Co., the driver was an attentive driver who noticed the safety signs posted at a rail crossing, disputing the claims of a previous report. The company asserts that Union Pacific Railroad did not properly maintain the crossing warning gates, so they were not working at the time of the semi truck crash.

Lawyers for the trucking company state that they have obtained new information which supports the claim that Union Pacific destroyed or altered evidence at the scene and told officials that the alleged crime should have prompted an investigation by prosecutors to determine whether Union Pacific obstructed a federal investigation.

The information included interviews with several workers for Union Pacific which indicated that its senior official may have been responsible for altering evidence or ignoring an order from the NTSB that would have prevented evidence at the scene of the semi truck crash from being removed or changed.

Factors Behind a Semi Truck Crash

A semi truck crash may occur due to any number of reasons such as driver fatigue, overloading trucks, failure to obey traffic laws, lack of truck driving experience, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or defective parts on the truck itself. And in the case above, evidence may potentially arise proving other factors are at work. However, regardless of the cause of a semi truck crash, these accidents are often devastating and may be fatal, depending on the severity of the incident. These are all reasons to consider seeking legal help if involved in any kind of semi truck crash.

In many cases, it is possible companies may attempt to alter evidence in an effort to prove fault in one way or another to avoid liability, charges and lawsuits. A truck accident attorney may be invaluable as he or she may be able to determine if this had, in fact, occurred and can help to determine who should truly be held accountable for the accident if the evidence provided does not add up. Additionally, in some cases, more than one party may be at fault such as the driver, the trucking company, the individual responsible for maintaining or inspecting the truck or the owner of the cargo, and a truck accident attorney can review the law and the accident to determine who is responsible and where to seek compensation for the injured party.

For this reason, it is important to consult with a truck accident attorney to learn more about your legal rights. While no amount of compensation can heal your injuries or bring back a loved one if you lost a relative in an accident, filing a lawsuit with a truck accident attorney can help you to receive compensation and attempt to financially recover from losses.

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one were involved in a semi truck crash and you would like to learn more about pursuing a claim, contact the American Injury Attorney Group. We understand how serious and devastating a semi truck crash can be, and we want to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and connect you with an experienced truck accident attorney who can assist you in filing a semi truck crash lawsuit. The time to file a claim can often be limited, so contact us today.

Owner Uses Stolen Semi Trucks and Could Face Serious Jail Time

Stolen Semi TrucksThree men in Kansas City, Kansas were found guilty of conspiracy for stealing 17 trailers, five semi trucks and the cargo within the vehicles. According to reports, the owner of the trucking company would allegedly purchase stolen trailers and trucks for use in his own fleet, and he and his son allegedly scrapped several vehicles for parts and changed the Vehicle Identification Numbers on others so that he could use them to haul loads for his customers.

Owner Found Using Stolen Semi Trucks

According to reports, the authorities were not initially aware of the stolen semi trucks, but the company was ordered to pay more than $450,000 in out-of-service orders and fines. Officials have reason to believe that the owner did not properly maintain his vehicles, knowing that if one were to break, he could always buy another stolen vehicle for less than the cost of repairing the truck that had broken. In the several instances that the owner was shut down, he would obtain new operating authority by reopening his business under a new name.

The owner purchased the vehicles from a man who would allegedly sell the cargo from the stolen semi trucks to merchants. The merchants would then purchase the products such as Nike shoes, meat and beer for pennies on the dollar. Also convicted were four other men: one of which was responsible for removing identifying information such as logos and decals from the stolen semi trucks and three of which were merchants who had purchased the stolen goods. The charges range from 45 to 65 years in prison without parole and fines of $1.25 million and up to $1.75 million for additional crimes relating to the conspiracy.

Factors to Consider Besides Stolen Semi Trucks

The act of stealing trucks and marketing the products for profit is one instance that supports the notion that you never know what could be going on behind the scenes for trucking companies. In fact, because the owner never properly maintained his fleet, the semi trucks were at a higher risk of causing accidents, injuries and possibly deaths. While this and other instances are certainly not the case for all trucking companies, it is important to other drivers on the road to be aware of the possibilities behind irresponsible driving and even semi truck accidents.

Additionally, there could be other factors and unforeseen possibilities to consider besides stolen semi trucks. According to a recent study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly 20 percent of all semi truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue. However, this does not include the effect that exhaustion can have on reaction times as well as the reported increased tendency that drivers may have to take unnecessary risks when driving while tired.

The FMCSA has also prohibited the use of mobile devices by semi truck drivers while they are operating commercial vehicles and recently released a list of penalties enforced for distracted driving. The employer may be liable for an $11,000 fine, and the driver operating the truck may be responsible for a maximum civil fine of $2,750. However, the ban on cell phones does not apply to devices used for dispatching vehicles, but these units are only acceptable if properly used as part of a fleet management system.

Other types of negligence may include speeding, aggressive driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or failing to follow state and federal regulations. If you have been injured due to negligence of another, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for the damages you sustained.

Injured? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group for More Information

All of these issues are very serious, and are just a portion of possible factors to consider in a semi truck accident. That is why if you are in an accident where a semi truck is at fault, it is important to seek legal counsel who can help you understand your legal rights and will help you seek compensation for damages you have had to suffer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a semi truck, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and recover damages for your condition. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation to determine whether you have a valid claim. We will connect you with an experienced attorney who can handle your case and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

 

Truck Wreck Lawyer Discusses: FMCSA Study Validates New Hours of Service Rules

Truck Wreck Lawyer-HoS RulesTruck Wreck Lawyer Notes Rule Change for Semi Drivers

Statistics show that two out of every 100 car accidents involve semi trucks or commercial vehicles, and a person is killed or injured in these accidents every 16 minutes. Trucking accidents cause nearly 5,000 deaths annually, most of which are individuals in passenger vehicles. In recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made several substantial changes in the hours of service rules regulating the amount of time that bus drivers, truck drivers and other operators of commercial vehicles can be behind the wheel.

Have you or someone you love been injured in a semi truck accident and like to learn more about your legal rights? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group to determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim. We will connect you with a truck wreck lawyer who will assist you in filing a lawsuit and seeking the compensation to which you may be entitled.

New Hours of Service Rules

According to recent reports, the new rules have been fiercely debated and have been the subject of several court battles. However, the FMSCA has recently released its field study on the current hours-of-service rule. The agency concluded that the new two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period requirements of the 34-hour restart provisions of the rule will lead to safer commercial vehicle operation.

Conducted in Washington State University by the Sleep Performance Research Center and in Pulsar Informatics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the study analyzed 106 bus and truck drivers ranging between 24 and 69 years of age. The participants were evaluated in two separate duty cycles as well as during the 34-hour restarts on each side.

According to the study, truck drivers who did not rest for two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods experienced increased fatigue, particularly as they approached the end of the duty period, than those who followed the provisions of the current rule. These drivers also reportedly deviated from their lanes more often and experienced greater difficult in remaining alert and concentrating, particularly during nighttime hours.

The administrator of the FMCSA stated that the study confirms that for the small percentage of truck drivers that average as many as 70 driving hours of work each week, two nights of solid rest is better not only for their safety but for the safety of other drivers on the road as well.

Importance of Seeking Legal Counsel

Semi truck accidents can be particularly devastating compared to smaller vehicle crashes. If you are injured, it is important to seek legal counsel from a truck wreck lawyer to pursue a claim and recover damages for the incident. A truck wreck lawyer will evaluate your injury, your medical costs and pain and will evaluate your loss in income and potential loss of future income.

Even though no amount of compensation can heal you or take away the pain of losing a loved one, recovering money from those accountable is a good place to start. An experienced truck wreck lawyer will assist you in holding the appropriate party or parties accountable for your injuries and help to determine the cause of the accident. Semi truck accidents may occur due to driver fatigue, distracted driving, overloading trucks, lack of truck driving experience, failure to obey traffic laws or several other factors.

Injured? Contact a Truck Wreck Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in a semi truck accident, contact a truck wreck lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. The American Injury Attorney Group is offering no-obligation consultations, free of charge, to those who feel as though they have a valid claim. We will answer your questions and address your concerns and connect you with an experienced truck wreck lawyer who can assist you in pursuing a claim. You may be entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or loss of income. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one in a semi truck accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on his or her behalf. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Semi Truck Accident Attorney Discusses Driver Arrested for Meth After Hitting State Trooper

Semi Truck Accident Attorney-State TrooperWhy Seek a Semi Truck Accident Attorney?

Due to a truck’s sheer weight and size in comparison to a normal passenger car, a semi truck accident can be especially devastating. Additionally, filing a lawsuit when you are involved in a semi truck accident is often more complicated than one involving two passenger cars, as there may be multiple parties who responsible for the incident. For this reason, it is important to seek legal counsel after a semi truck accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group. We will help you determine if you have a claim and can connect you with a semi truck accident attorney who will assist you in filing a lawsuit.

Semi Truck Driver Hits State Trooper

On February 23, 2014, a state trooper in Utah was fortunate enough to escape death as a semi truck driver totaled the trooper’s car and attempted to flee the scene during a sobriety field test. According to one officer, the trooper was sitting in his patrol car on the side of the highway following a traffic stop when the semi truck driver sideswiped the driver’s side of the trooper’s car. The trucker voluntarily pulled over and did not appear to know what had happened.

The trooper escaped the incident without injuries, but if the semi truck had rear-ended the patrol car, the results could have been catastrophic. After failing the sobriety tests, the driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and transported to jail where he was charged with DUI, drug possession, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to multiple vehicle and traffic violations such as not keeping an updated log book and failure to operate in a single lane.

The driver was allegedly in possession of a white rock substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, a glass pipe and other drug-related paraphernalia.

Unpredictable Events Happen

Unfortunately, accidents do happen when a semi truck is involved, and no one is exempt from being hurt or killed – even state troopers. It is important to seek legal counsel from a semi truck accident attorney as soon as possible to help protect your rights.

Lawsuits filed in an effort to recover compensation are often based on negligence. Several common indications of negligence include:

  • Driving for too long without taking a break
  • Not stopping at weigh stations, as required by law
  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Failure to see other vehicles due to a blind spot
  • Operating oversized trucks on narrow roads
  • Overloading trucks
  • Lack of truck driving experience
  • Distracted driving

In addition to investigating the cause of the accident, a semi truck accident attorney can help you to determine who is responsible for the incident. These parties may include the:

  • Manufacturer of the truck, components or trailer
  • Company leasing the trailer
  • Owner of the trailer, if attached
  • Owner of the leasing company
  • Company leasing the truck
  • Owner of the truck
  • Truck driver’s employer
  • Truck driver

Due to the many causes for a semi truck accident and the numerous parties that may be responsible for the incident, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced semi truck accident attorney to determine your rights.

Contact a Semi Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been involved in an incident involving a semi truck, it is important to seek legal counsel from a semi truck accident attorney as soon as possible, as statutes of limitation may bar your ability to pursue a claim in the future. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group to receive a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit. We will help answer your questions and can connect you with an experienced semi truck accident attorney. You may be entitled to seek compensation for loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs resulting from the accident.

 

I-94 Indiana Semi Accident Raises Questions About Blame in Winter Weather

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I-94 East became the scene of a massive Indiana semi accident on January 23rd, 2014. The fierce winter weather that had been pounding the country for weeks set the stage for tragedy as heavy lake effect snow created near white out conditions. It was reported that I-94, a connecting highway between Chicago and Detroit, was slicked over in ice at the time of the accident.

“It went from sunshine to complete no visibility, so when they entered in, it turned into slide off, crash, crash,” said Indiana Police Sgt. Ann Wojas. By the time all was said and done, 46 vehicles including 18 semis were involved in the Indiana semi accident.

The Difficulty of Legal Liability

Even though weather played such a serious role in the Indiana semi accident, there is a significant problem: § 392.14 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). When hazardous conditions exist, “[e]xtreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised.” It goes on to state that “[i]f the conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated.” The only exceptions that exist to the FMCSRs are in the case of stricter terms outlined by state regulations.

Some auto accident lawyers have speculated that the Indiana semi accident should not actually have involved any semis at all. It is no secret that accidents with semi trucks increase in bad weather conditions. The circumstances do not get much more unsafe than iced over roads, white out conditions, with tens of thousands of pounds of cargo loaded in the trailer.

Then comes the question of liability and pursuit of compensation by an auto accident lawyer. It is an unfortunate set of circumstances involving winter weather that started off the Indiana semi accident; and some people involved believe those semis probably should not have been on the road. The people affected in this accident could have a case if they take the matter up with an auto accident lawyer to pursue damages against the semi drivers or their parent companies. An auto accident lawyer can analyze the situation, help determine who was at fault, and pursue compensation for damages if appropriate. Victims may have immediate injuries that will impact their quality of life, incur medical experiences, result in lost income, and experience pain and suffering. Winter weather does not always excuse blame in a winter weather accident.

Fire Chief Mick Pawlik of the Coolspring Volunteer Fire Department was reported as saying in regards to the massive Indiana semi accident, “it was such a devastating scene. It’ll live with us forever.”

A statement from a first responder at the accident stated that the people that actually experienced the trauma without physical injury may face Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which can and does manifest after such circumstances. Those people should be speaking to an auto accident lawyer as well to ensure their story is cataloged and represented if legal action becomes necessary.

Seek Help From An Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer

There are many circumstances that may arise with an accident involving a semi truck. It doesn’t matter if the weather is poor like in the Indiana semi accident or if it is a clear day. The circumstances that an experienced auto accident lawyer can look into include things like driver fatigue and truck maintenance. A victim in a semi accident most likely does not know everything that has gone on or is going on with the semi truck involved, which is one reason why it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

 If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to see legal counsel in order to better understand your rights in your particular situation. Each situation is different, and we are here to help you understand yours and to help you pursue a claim if you decide you have one. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We will provide you with a no obligation, free case evaluation. If you have an actionable case, we can connect you with an experienced auto accident lawyer who will stand up for your rights.

 

Semi Truck Accident Lawyer Notes Semi Driver With 2 Dozen Infractions Involved in Fatal Wreck

Semi Truck Accident LawyerIn the early morning hours of February 12th, 2014, an ABC Fine Wine & Spirits semitrailer clipped the rear of a BMW as it pulled out to pass while going southbound on I-75. The collision caused the semi to roll over on the I-75 bridge that spans the Alafia River. The BMW was sent off the road between the north and southbound lanes and into the five-foot deep river. The driver of the car perished as a result.

The driver of the semitrailer truck suffered only minor injuries. An initial investigation revealed that the driver had over two dozen driving infractions on his record in the past 10 years. His driver’s license has been suspended six times. The standards for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) only take some of those infractions into account. Of the two dozen, only two actually apply towards the CDL and both are non-moving infractions.

Florida does not bar individuals from getting a CDL based on their past driving record. The driver must have a valid operator’s license and pass the written and vehicle skills tests. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating if citations should be issued.

The Necessity Of A Semi Truck Accident Lawyer

Situations such as this highlight the need for representation from an experienced semi truck accident lawyer. There are many underlying lines of information that need to be explored for preservation of evidence in building a civil case. And just because there are criminal charges involved, that does not mean a civil case cannot be pursued. The victims of such a collision are not likely to be of sound mental and emotional state at a time when they need it most. The victims may be too embroiled in grieving or worrying about present medical circumstances to fully investigate all of the necessary information that can help support their claim.

Driver fatigue is commonplace in the industry. Employers put a heavy demand on drivers to get their loads hauled ahead of schedule to minimize employee and road expenses. Regular maintenance can also be a serious issue for less scrupulous businesses. Skimping on maintenance to curb costs can result in a semi truck that is not entirely responsive to the driver. Accidents can occur due to mechanical failure regardless of the skill of the driver behind the wheel.

A final major factor is the drivers themselves. A semi truck accident lawyer can look into the history and actions of the driver in operation of the truck. Negligent actions, distractions, driving under the influence- all can distract the driver from the road and the job they are supposed to be doing with a several ton machine in a public place. These are circumstances that all need to be analyzed by a semi truck accident lawyer.

Protect Your Rights With A Semi Truck Accident Lawyer

The impact of a semi truck accident on the victim’s life can be tough to measure. If there are not fatalities, it can easily result in expensive medical bills, loss of income, and extended pain and suffering. Some injured parties make the mistake of trying to represent themselves, or settling with a large company without seeking legal counsel. A more effective way to help protect your rights is with the assistance of an experience semi truck accident lawyer. If you or your loved one has been affected by a semi truck accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can evaluate your claim and connect you with an experienced semi truck accident lawyer.

 

Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Recent Horrific Accidents

Truck Accident AttorneysTragic, sometimes horrific, events happen on the roadways every day. Unfortunately, you never know when tragedy will strike you or a loved one. It is important to document the events that transpire as well as the damages you incur as a result of the accident and contact an attorney who can help you to file a claim. In many truck accidents, it may be difficult or confusing to determine who should be held accountable, and experienced truck accident attorneys can work to help you recover compensation for your injuries.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries or experienced vehicular damage due to a negligent driver and you would like to learn more about your rights, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can review your case and connect you with affiliated truck accident attorneys who will help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

Recent Devastating Truck Accidents

The driver of a semi truck hauling mail was killed on I-70 near Deer Trail, Colorado on January 15, 2014 when the vehicle drifted off the side of the highway and crashed into a guardrail. The accident prompted an investigation that shut down the highway for most of the morning, and Colorado highway police confirmed that the man was the only individual involved in the crash. Traffic was shut down as crews continued to clean up a fuel spill and to repair a bridge that had been damaged by the crash.

On January 18, 2014, in Lafayette, Indiana, a fiery crash shut down I-65 and left drivers stranded for hours. According to Indiana State Police, a semi truck had slowed down due to a crash occurring in front of him. However, the semi trucks behind him did not brake in time, possibly because they were following too close or traveling too fast for the adverse weather conditions. A total of four cars and nine semi trucks were involved in the first crash, one truck which caught on fire, and other accidents occurred behind those. Emergency responders had difficulty reaching the scene, as there were cars on fire in every lane of the highway.

Importance of Truck Accident Attorneys

Due to the sheer size and weight difference between semi trucks and passenger vehicles, accidents caused by commercial trucks can cause significant and often catastrophic damages. It is important to seek legal counsel from truck accident attorneys, particularly because more than one party may be held responsible for the incident. For example, while the driver may have acted out of negligence and was driving while distracted, under the influence or speeding, those injured may also be eligible to hold the driver’s employer, the owner of the truck, the truck’s service company or other parties accountable, depending on the cause of the accident.

It is also important to document every aspect of the accident and obtain contact information from witnesses and the parties involved. File a police report as this may serve as evidence should you decide to proceed and start a claim. Truck accident attorneys understand the difference in liability and the complex laws surrounding trucking accidents and can help victims file for the compensation to which they may be entitled such as vehicular damages, lost wages, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish and pain and suffering.

Injured? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today

If you or a loved one has been injured, the American Injury Attorney Group can inform you of your options and help answer questions you may have. We can connect you with experienced truck accident attorneys who will handle your claim and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

 

Semi Truck Collision Attorneys: Semi Accident Kills Two, Injures Five

Semi Truck Collision AttorneysAccording to statistics, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves large trucks such as tractor-trailers, big rigs, semi trucks and other commercial vehicles. Additionally, semi trucks cause roughly four percent of all injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. When a commercial vehicle is involved in a crash, 77 percent of those injured and 86 percent of fatalities are the passengers and drivers of the smaller vehicles.

If you or a loved one is injured in a semi truck accident, you do have legal rights. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about filing a claim and seeking compensation for your condition. The American Injury Attorney Group can also connect you with affiliated semi truck collision attorneys who can help you.

Fatal Accident Causes Two Fatalities

On January 10, 2014, a semi truck driver was arrested in a hit-and-run accident that injured five people and killed two others near the border between Arizona and California, according to authorities. The man was booked in jail on suspicion of five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of second-degree murder, criminal damage, leaving the scene of a fatal collision and driving under the influence of drugs.

Deputies arrested the driver on Interstate 10 westbound, 20 miles east of Quartzsite, half a mile from the site of the accident. According to authorities, the driver fled from the truck after the rear-end collision occurred that had resulted in a Ford Expedition veering off the highway and rolling over at least one time.

Seven people were traveling in the Expedition, and two passengers were ejected from the vehicle and killed. An eight-year-old boy and four-year-old girl sustained serious injuries, and a 74-year-old man, 33-year-old woman and seven-year-old boy all received minor-to-moderate injuries.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 were closed for roughly 12 hours; eastbound lanes were not affected by the accident.

Importance of Working with Semi Truck Collision Attorneys

No matter the severity of the crash, accidents involving semi trucks can be life-changing and catastrophic. Unfortunately, children and adults alike are at risk of being involved in such incidents, and the potential for devastating injuries is high. Common causes of semi truck accidents include:

  • Faulty brakes
  • Loads that shift weight
  • Overloaded trailers or trucks
  • Aggressive driving
  • Hazardous roads
  • Improper maintenance
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence
  • Jacknives, head-on or rear-end collisions
  • Tread burn or tire blowouts

Although there are federal regulations and laws that govern the trucking industry and attention to detail and simple care may prevent many accidents from occurring, often the potential for profits determine the decisions that lead to sleep deprivation and driver fatigue. With unrealistic expectations and schedules of trucking companies, some drivers may be pushed beyond their limits, despite the important safety risks involved. For this reason, victims may consider working with semi truck collision attorneys to determine who should be held accountable for the accident. While it is important to remember the importance of documenting every aspect of the accident prior to speaking with an attorney, semi truck collision attorneys can still inform you of your legal rights and help you to seek compensation for damages for the incident.

Semi Truck Collision Attorneys Can Help You to Recover Damages

If you or someone you love is injured, contact the American Injury Attorney Group to receive a free, no-obligation consultation and to determine whether you have a valid claim. Semi truck accidents can be complex and confusing for those not familiar with the laws surrounding these incidents, and if you feel that you are entitled to recover damages for your accident, we will connect you with experienced semi truck collision attorneys who will handle your claim and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.