"A truck accident attorney needs to approach a trucking accident case differently than an auto accident attorney handling a car accident case. Although many laws apply to the operation of cars on the road, trucking companies face many more regulations because of their role in interstate commerce. When these standards are violated or ignored, we can build an exceptionally powerful case for compensation."
- Todd Barsumian
A loaded truck weighs 40 tons, compared to the 3,000-pound weight of most cars. It is not difficult to understand why semi-truck crashes are so violent and why the car is almost always the loser in these collisions with a wrongful death case often being the outcome. Due to the high stakes at issue, when searching for the best truck accident law firm for your case, it is important to consider whether the firm has knowledge of the rules and regulations applicable to the trucking industry.
Commercial trucks go by many names — semis, "big rigs," 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers. These trucks are usually owned by large fleets and corporations who may attempt to distance their liability from drivers by contracting with them as "independent" owners and operators. According to recent statistics, in one year over 4,000 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes and over 55,000 large trucks were involved in injury collisions. Singles, that is, truck tractors pulling a single semi-trailer, accounted for a majority of the large trucks involved in fatal truck-vehicle collisions in the U.S. While commercial trucks are strictly regulated by state and federal law, including regulations implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, many truck owners and truck drivers cut corners to meet deadlines and maximize profits at the expense of the safety of others using the roadway.
Barsumian Law LLC investigates motor vehicle accidents and truck crashes for violations. Among the most common are:
Improper or unbalanced loads. A badly loaded or overloaded truck can cause a truck to swerve and tip and collide with other motorists. Additional injuries result from cargo strewn on the highway.
Equipment failure. This may include defective products such as poorly manufactured, designed or maintained tires or brakes. It could also include safety equipment missing from the truck at the time of the crash.
Driver fatigue. Drivers have an incentive to keep driving long after they are exhausted, despite regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Other serious problems include drunk or drugged drivers, unlicensed drivers, untrained drivers, and trucks transporting hazardous materials.
Evansville and Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys Here to Help
The best truck accident lawyers bring extensive knowledge and experience to the claims and litigation process in trucking cases. They must be able to gather and analyze critical evidence at the accident scene, obtain and analyze information in driver's logs and black boxes, be aware of the potential that video evidence can be secured through diligent efforts, and be able to go up against the company's own high-priced trucking attorneys, their insurance carriers, and truck safety experts to make a case for maximum compensation.
Most trucking companies hope that the injured will try to go-it-alone without securing effective representation from a trucking accident attorney. They can then control the agenda and drag out the process while the accident scene is obscured and valuable evidence is forgotten or lost.
For a free consultation about your commercial truck, semi truck or tractor-trailer accident case, call Barsumian Law LLC at (812) 490-0820 or at (317) 644-6975.