Trucking accidents are usually much more complex and cause serious injuries, death, and damages. Trucking accidents are also complex legally and require experienced trucking accident attorneys who are capable at retrieving evidence from the truck accident scene as well as conducting a thorough investigation into the truck accident causes. Trucking accident causes may range from driver negligence, truck and tractor trailer maintenance issues or defects, trucking company negligence, or violation of state or federal trucking laws.
Did the trucking company push their drivers to take unnecessary risks and to take on more routes than was safe? Did the trucking company hire only qualified licensed and trained drivers and continue driver training practices once the drivers were hired? Trucking corporations don't always do the right thing in an effort to cut costs.
In trucking and commercial crash cases the law is different for one very basic reason: the vehicle is usually owned or operated on behalf of a trucking company or corporation. The trucker is at work, and in the course of employment, when he causes the collision. An employer can have direct responsibility for an injury if it improperly hired and/or retained a dangerous driver.
Did the truck driver's failure to follow traffic laws, make routine inspections of truck and tractor trailer, and follow all federal trucking regulations cause the crash?
The Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent commercial semi trucking related fatalities and injuries. Violation of Federal and state trucking law violations are frequently the cause of truck wrecks. It is important that your truck accident attorney be familiar with these laws pertaining to trucking industry as well as be able to investigate and collect evidence. Proving a driver's trucking company's violation of a trucking law can be proof of negligence and that can help win your case.