The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 18 wheeler accidents account for about one out of every nine highways deaths. When a passenger vehicle weighing less than 3,000 pounds collides with a semi tractor trailer weighing over 80,000 pounds, the passenger vehicle and its occupants often pay the price for the truck driver or owner’s negligence. Every year 18 wheeler accidents leave thousands of people dead and seriously injured.
If you have been involved in a semi tractor trailer accident, or if a member of your family suffered a wrongful death in a collision with an 18 wheeler, please contact an attorney at James E. Davis & Associates for a free consultation and case evaluation.
A truck accident claim is very different from a typical car accident. Our attorneys understand that 18 wheelers must comply with state and federal regulations, including the provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding how long a trucker can drive each day.
We will investigate and determine what caused the accident. Possibilities include:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improper loading
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Drunk driving
- Tire tread separation
- Bad brakes
- Improper training
- Lack of a commercial drivers’ license (CDL)
- Violation of FMCSA standards
Do not speak with or accept a settlement offer from insurance companies representing truckers. Insurance companies try to maximize their own profits by attempting to pay accident victims a settlement that is lower than what they may be entitled to. You may be entitled to a financial settlement to compensate you for the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, particularly when it involves a commercial truck. If you or a family member was involved in a truck accident, you may be wondering what you should do next.
Your first priority should be taking care of any injuries you sustained. The next thing you should do, as soon as possible after the accident, is contact an attorney. An experienced attorney can advise you about what to do and the steps you need to take in order to preserve evidence and bring a claim. Contact the attorneys at James E. Davis & Associates when you need help and advice.