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Trucking Accidents

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Commercial Trucks must follow Federal Guidelines

Unlike auto accidents, commercial trucks must follow Federal guidelines that regulate everything from weight, to the amount of time off a driver must take. 

Preserve the Evidence

The first step after a truck accident is to give notice to the trucking company in order to preserve valuable evidence necessary for your case. Important evidence includes logs entered by the driver, weight of the truck and items hauled in the trailer. 

More weight means more danger

Commercial trucks haul enormous weights which can do severe damage to vehicles on the road. It is important to watch out for trucks on the roadways as their added weight can easily destroy vehicles in a truck accident without taking any damage themselves.  

Driver's history or background

It is a fact that some commercial truck drivers on the road today should not be on the road. If the company negligently hired or allowed a driver with a questionable driving history, his or her driver history can be discovered. Additionally, has the driver logged his proper time off the road, and is it really the time they were off the road. Evidence can be found in an investigation or deposition in order to expose the truth of the matter behind the truck accident. 

Truck Maintenance and Repairs

Has the company kept up with truck repairs, replacement of parts, or maintenance of the vehicle? If something was missed, skipped over, maintenance reports or lack there of may have led to the truck accident. 

Naming the Insurance Company in the Lawsuit

This procedure, called a direct action suit, allows the Plaintiff to name the insurance company as a Defendant in the matter. This is a strategic move as Defendant will not be able to argue that "the driver will lose everything" if the accident was truly an accident. 


Additionally, if the company that hired the driver or is associated with the accident is a small Mom and Pop company, it has the same effect of relieving Defendant's from claiming the company will go under in the event Plaintiff wins the case. 


*Naming the insurance company in the lawsuit does not mean the case is going to end quicker or that Plaintiff will automatically win, however, it does remove the standard "My client could lose everything" defense. 

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