Fatal Semi Truck Accident Statistics High

Two recent fatal semi truck accidents have again focused attention on the safety of tractor-trailers on today’s roadways. One, which occurred in Wisconsin, took the life of a 49-year old man, while the second left a 61-year old Illinois truck driver dead.

Wisconsin Crash

The Wisconsin fatal semi truck accident occurred when a tractor-trailer, driven by 55-year old Ronald Jay Ebert, ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 48 and Highway E in McKinley Township, according to reports from KSTP.Com, St. Paul, Minn. He struck a pickup driven by 75-year old Allan Seierstad of Cumberland. A passenger in the truck, 49-year old Ricky Gauthier, died in the crash. Seierstad suffered significant injuries. According to the truck driver, the brakes failed on his truck, which is why he did not stop at the intersection. Fatal Semi Truck Accident

Illinois Crash

It was the truck driver, 61-year old Michael Burtch, of Rockford, who died in the Illinois fatal semi truck accident when his tractor-trailer entered the path of an oncoming train on Alworth Road in Winnebago County, according to reports from MyStateLine.com in Rockford, Ill.  The accident ripped open the tractor-trailer, spilling piles of corn, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Indications were that the signals were working properly.

Fatal Semi Truck Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal semi truck accidents lead to the death of almost 5,000 people each year and most of those who are killed are in passenger vehicles, not in the tractor-trailers. Severe injury is much more likely in a semi truck accident as well, leading to lost wages, medical bills and other costs for those who are injured in the accidents. Over the past two decades, truck accidents have increased by 20 percent and some believe the semi truck accident statistics indicate several factors, including companies who schedule deliveries and pick ups with schedules that require drivers to ignore safety regulations or who fail to properly maintain the trucks, which can lead to mechanical failure and accidents.

Was Someone You Know Killed in a Semi Truck Accident?

If a loved one has been killed in a semi truck accident, you may have a claim for a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn about your rights. If we believe you have a case, the American Injury Attorney Group can refer you to one of our affiliated attorneys, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf. You may be eligible to receive a monetary compensation for your loss.

 

Big Rig Accidents vs. Small Car Accidents

big rig accidentsAccidents involving big rigs are starkly different than those that only involve smaller vehicles. Big rig accidents are much more likely to result in severe bodily injury or death, and the chance of property damage is higher as well. The legal aftermath of big rig accidents is also much more complex than it is for car-on-car accidents. Understanding these differences is very important for anyone who has been involved in an accident involving an eighteen-wheeler, regardless of who was at fault.

What Causes Big Rig Accidents?
Semi trucks typically weight at least 40,000 pounds when traveling down the highway, and they are longer than six normal-sized cars lined end-to-end. Fully-loaded big rigs can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Because of their extreme weight, big rigs are very tough to bring to a complete stop within a short amount of time, no matter how quick the driver’s reaction.

Big Rig Accidents vs. Small Car Accidents?
Big rig accidents are more destructive than small car accidents for the same reason that injuries in professional football are more serious than those sustained on grade school sports teams. More size and more speed mean more damage when two objects collide. Big rigs contain significantly more mass than even the largest pickup trucks or SUVs. Therefore, a big rig hitting another vehicle at 65 miles per hour is going to deliver significantly more force than a regular car traveling at the same speed.

The Aftermath of Big Rig Accidents
Victims of big rig accidents often have to endure a long road to recovery. This road may involve hospital stays, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological counseling. It is very possible to regain a normal life after being involved in big rig accidents. However, it often takes a great deal of time and even more often creates a financial burden for driver of the small car. Whereas the truck driver might have a company to defend him or her from legal accountability, the other driver is alone in the fight unless they seek legal counsel. This makes it even more imperative for someone injured in big rig accidents to contact the American Injury Attorney Group to discuss their legal options.

The silver lining is that there are many more legal options available to victims of big rig accidents than there are to victims of regular automobile accidents. An attorney can determine if the truck driver or trucking company violated any standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If so, those involved in the accident could be eligible for compensation regardless of who was at fault. The same is true if the truck driver did not keep an up-to-date logbook, or if his blood alcohol content (BAC) was above .04 percent, which is a stricter BAC limit than for regular drivers. It is also possible that subcontractors involved in the maintenance and repair of the truck can be sued for damages if they failed in the performance of their duties.

Contacting the American Injury Attorney Group
If you were injured in any big rig accidents, you may be eligible for legal compensation, regardless of who was at fault. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can answer your questions, discuss your legal options, and connect you with an affiliated attorney if you have a claim. He or she can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call today.

Truck Driver Safety After Close Call with School Bus

          truck driver safetyMinnesota State Patrol released a startling video of a near fatal accident involving a semi-truck, a young girl, and a school bus on Highway 23 near Paynesville. It started as an average stop for the bus driver who took all the regulatory precautions, including using the stop arm and flashing lights. As the bus approached its stop, the 12-year-old girl is seen waiting at a safe distance. Seconds later, the video shows an 18-wheeler violating basic truck driver safety standards as it rushes by on the shoulder.

A Near-Miss Caught on Video
          The video captures the semi truck speeding around the stopped school bus, almost running over the approaching boarder in the process. The 18-wheeler managed to miss both the girl and the school bus, but still broke multiple truck driver safety laws in the process. It is illegal under any circumstances to ignore school bus signals or to pass on a shoulder. A frightening experience for all involved, there were no physical injuries. The anonymous truck driver never stopped or turned around, but later, once the video went viral, turned himself in to authorities and now faces gross misdemeanor charges.

The Need for Truck Driver Safety
          Whether he was simply impatient or didn’t see the bus soon enough to brake, no reason was ever given why the semi-truck driver chose to ignore truck driver safety and put innocent people in danger. The incident did, however, spark widespread conversation concerning truck driver safety. Whether that means truck drivers avoiding the pressures of overdriving or going too long without sleep, obeying truck-specific speed limits, having their truck inspected regularly, or simply giving deference to smaller cars on the road, truck driver safety is key to getting from point A to point B without accident or injury.

Contact the American Injury Attorney Group
          Semi-trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road due to their sheer size and weight. An otherwise minor accident can result in fatality or a devastating personal injury over the actions of a fatigued, inexperienced, or reckless truck driver. Other drivers are urged to remain cautious of large trucks by keeping plenty of distance and closely obeying truck driver safety laws. Even the most experienced drivers may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid all accidents under poor circumstances. If you have sustained an injury due to a lack of truck driver safety, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for a free, no obligation consultation. We can analyze your claim and connect you with an affiliated attorney able to determine who is at fault and file your lawsuit accordingly.

Nationwide Inspections Increasing Semi Truck Safety

          semi truck safetyThe drivers of semi trucks and large commercial vehicles cause of hundreds of accidents each year in the U.S. In an attempt to improve both semi truck safety and the safety of other motorists, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth certain requirements for the maintenance and inspection of semi trucks. As per the guidelines, a semi truck driver is required to perform an inspection of his or her vehicle before, during, and following a trip to pinpoint any defects in the truck that will need to be repaired before getting back on the road. Additionally, semi trucks are required to undergo an annual inspection, carried out by a qualified and certified individual, according to the requirements set forth by the Department of Transportation.

Semi Truck Safety Inspections

          From June 3 to June 6, 2014, semi trucks were inspected to ensure that they are in compliance with the rules of the road. According to an officer from the Wisconsin State Patrol, these types of inspections are meant to ensure the semi truck safety of 18-wheelers and bring awareness to the importance of annual semi truck safety inspections.

          Common violations of the FMCSA’s guidelines include faulty steering components, suspensions, brakes, and tires, and incorrectly reported drivers’ hours. While drivers’ hours are not physical parts of the semi truck itself, thousands of semi truck accidents occur each year due to driver fatigue caused by overdriving.By ensuring that semi truck drivers are in compliance with laws pertaining to the number of consecutive hours they can drive, the FMCSA hopes to increase semi truck safety by reducing the number of drivers on the road who may be at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.

          Many weigh stations have a high-speed motion and weight system on the interstate prior to the scale that will alert state patrol officers if a semi truck is overweight. While some drivers are given warnings, other receive fines for carrying too much cargo. The fines vary according to each state and whether the violation was for defective equipment or for being overweight.

          Routine and annual inspections of commercial vehicles are important to ensuring the semi truck safety of the driver and others on the road. However, semi truck accidents still happen, and those who have been injured may have legal recourse. Whether the accident occurred due to driver fatigue, a defective part on the truck itself, or the improper loading of cargo, you may be entitled to hold the appropriate party responsible for your condition if you were injured in a semi truck accident.

          While injured individuals may feel as though filing a lawsuit against the driver to recover damages is simple and will guarantee them financial compensation, this is not always the case. It is important to seek legal counsel to determine who was responsible for the accident because you may be entitled to pursue a claim against more than one party. Possible defendants in semi truck accident lawsuits include the owner of the truck, the trucking company, the owner of the cargo, the manufacturer of a defective part, or the mechanic responsible for inspecting or repairing the vehicle.

Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today

          If you or someone you love was injured in a semi truck accident and you want to learn more about your legal rights, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We are currently offering no-obligation consultations, free of charge, to those who have been hurt in an incident involving a semi truck. If it is determined that you have a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process as you pursue the compensation to which you may be entitled.

Truck Driving Rules Limit Pressures of Over-Driving

          truck driving rulesThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently announced that it will be proposing new truck driving rules to protect drivers from being pressured to work more hours than what is allowed by law. According to the agency, Congress ordered the proposal in MAP-21, the 2012 highway law, reportedly in response to several driver concerns that brokers, receivers, shippers, and carriers are sometimes indifferent to the operational regulations and restrictions imposed by the safety truck driving rules.

New Truck Driving Rules Critical for the Safety of Others
          The truck driving rules aim to prevent abuse concerning protocols for hazardous materials, drug and alcohol use, the commercial driver’s license and driver hours of service. The FMCSA stated that the consequences of the drivers’ refusal to continue to drive are either implied or stated explicitly in unmistakable terms. According to several semi truck drivers, those who voice their opinions are reportedly at risk of a reduced payment, denial of sequent loads, denied access to the best trips, or face termination.

          The FMCSA wants to prohibit trucking companies and carriers from threatening semi truck drivers with loss of work for refusing to keep driving when doing so would ultimately mean breaking the law. However, the agency reports that limiting pressure from trucking companies through these new rules would not reduce semi truck driver’s own accountability for breaking truck driving rules.

          According to the agency, a threat would not be considered to be intimidation unless the truck driver attempts to object or outright objects. Coercion, if proven, could result in a maximum $11,000 fine. For-hire carriers could also risk complete forfeiture of their operating authority. The proposal contains actions for drivers to take should they wish to report pressure. Complaints would be filed with the FMCSA administrator in the state in which the allegation occurred.

          Considering the number of semi truck lawsuits taking place throughout the U.S., the latest truck driving rules can be seen as part of ongoing efforts on behalf of the FMCSA and other federal agencies that are attempting to increase safety measures taken for other drivers, motorists and pedestrians. The agency previously released new truck driving regulations in which the FMCSA proposed that electronic logging devices be installed in every truck to prove hours of service. The FMCSA hopes that the latest rules will help decrease the likelihood of drivers operating semi trucks while distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol or while fatigued, thus reducing the number of semi truck accidents that occur each day.

Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today
          If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi truck accident, you may have legal recourse, and the American Injury Attorney Group can help you determine if you have a case. After a free consultation, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

I-75 Semi Truck Collision Shuts Down Michigan Traffic

         
 The causes of a semi truck collision are not always readily apparent at first glance. A semi truck collision on April 30th in Michigan is an example of this. The accident started with the first semi driver losing control of his truck in the northbound lanes. The driver of the second semi was unable to avoid collision with the first truck.

         Semi Truck Collision The first truck struck two support columns of a Michigan overpass, which caused it to overturn and spill its load of laundry detergent. The collision with the second truck resulted in fires and lane closures of both sides of the highway while the scene was brought under control. The Michigan Department of Transportation was called out to check the stability of the overpass before lanes could be reopened. The driver of the first semi was killed. The second driver was able to escape his truck before flames engulfed both. Investigators are utilizing a collision reconstruction team to help determine the events that led up to this fiery semi truck collision.

Seeking Legal Evaluation

          It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney if you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck collision. Many of these accidents are attributable to human error, negligence, or other factors that the respective companies could have control over. Improper maintenance routines can result in the failure of essential mechanical systems such as the brakes. There could even potentially be errors on the part of the company the truck belongs to.

          Any of these factors and more can play a role in a semi truck collision. An experienced semi truck collision lawyer knows how to collect evidence and help seek compensation against the responsible party. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today if you or a loved one has been affected by a semi truck collision. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect with you an affiliated, experienced attorney who can help you file your lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. Contact us today for your free consultation.

 

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.

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.