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Over two million trucks are on the road focusing on meeting important deadlines with the goods they are hauling from one place to another; however, sometimes the truck drivers or their trucking companies get careless or negligent, putting the lives of others in serious danger. Truck accidents, or semi accidents, are a part of 500,000 accidents each year causing over 5,000 fatalities and over 140,000 serious injuries. Common injuries include head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, whiplash, broken bones, loss of limbs, and death.
Many of these truck wrecks occur as a result of jackknifing, truck rollovers, driving at high speeds, driver inexperience, driver fatigue, decreased visibility or difficulty in seeing blind spots, mechanical failures, improperly loading a semi, or overloading the 18 wheeler. The truth is that truckers are very highly regulated, even more so after November 2017, and the overworking of truck drivers is a real problem. When this is an issue, the trucking company can be the main party at fault.
In addition to the laws of each state, a truck must always follow federal laws. The agency that is responsible for these regulations is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Keep in mind that there are also state laws to consider along with these.
Truck crashes are much more complex than most car wrecks; these complexities often require experts to reenact and reconstruct the accident itself as well as the scene. Based on this expert testimony, liability and responsibility can often be determined, and judgment can then be ruled according to state and federal laws.
If you were injured in an eighteen wheeler accident or if a loved one was killed in the truck wreck, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this wreck took and understands the complexities of these types of cases. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you care about has been in a tragic accident with a large truck or 18-wheeler, there are more things to consider than meets-the-eye. Contact a qualified personal injury lawyer, and start seeking the compensation you need to recover.