Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers are unfortunately far too common. Because of the sheer size of these vehicles, the difficulty in maneuvering them in and out of traffic, and the long hours that their drivers are generally on the road, accidents involving tractor-trailers seem to happen regularly. Even more concerning is the fact that these accidents often result in serious personal injury or death to occupants of the smaller vehicle involved in the accident.
Personal injury cases involving tractor-trailer or truck accidents require a level of expertise in this particular field of the law. Drivers of tractor-trailers are required to keep logbooks documenting their “on duty” time and “driving” time so as to ensure that they are complying with Federal Law designed to prevent driver fatigue and ultimately, accidents. Unfortunately, drivers are often sent out on trips that will require them to go over the regulated hours of service, placing others on the road in danger. In addition, drivers “fudging” logbooks to make it seem that they are in compliance with the hours of service regulations when they really do not take place far more often than any trucking company would like to admit.
Because of these issues, a careful evaluation of trucking company records and driver logbooks is necessary in any tractor-trailer or truck accident personal injury case. Also important is an evaluation of the hiring practices of the company and their training program. Far too often, trucking companies are placing unqualified and inexperienced drivers out on the road in tractor-trailers without sufficient training.
Individuals who have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident should consult with an experienced tractor-trailer attorney in order to make sure that all of their rights are protected. Often, people who have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or truck have suffered serious or even catastrophic injuries that can have a lasting effect on their ability to work and enjoy their lives. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert specializes in motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers, trucks, and buses and has litigated extensively in these areas over the last 17 years. Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation for your tractor-trailer accident or truck accident case.