Trucking Accidents

Collisions involving tractor-trailers or other large 18 wheeler/commercial trucks can result in severe, and potentially catastrophic injuries. The vast majority of truck drivers drive responsibly and appropriately, but when a truck driver is negligent, the size of the truck makes the vehicle very dangerous to other drivers on the road.

If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck/tractor trailer, you should take a number of steps to document the incident.

First, contact the police.  The police will investigate and prepare a report.  Take pictures of the scene and vehicles.  Collect contact information from any individuals who may be witnesses to the accident.  Finally, collect any documents related to the accident, including medical records, medical bills, pay stubs, repair estimates, and benefits statements. Maintain all documentation and evidence of your injuries and the financial costs associated with them.

Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Distracted Driving
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Mechanical Defects 
  • Driver Error
  • Speeding/Driving too fast for conditions
  • Truck Accident Liability

In addition to the types of negligence described above, commercial truck drivers and their employers can also be negligent for failing to adhere to the safety regulations set by the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration.  Drivers and companies are required to observe rules including hours of service restrictions, drug and alcohol testing, employee training, cargo weight/handling, and the handling of hazardous materials.  Violation of these rules can result in collisions and serious harm to other drivers.