Trucking companies, owners and drivers must adhere to federal regulations regarding road and highway safety to avoid the risk of a trucking accident. Not only must drivers obtain the proper Commercial Driver’s License, they often must complete training and always must follow restrictions involving the amount of hours they may operate a commercial vehicle.

 

Yet over the past two decades, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reported that the number of truck accidents has increased by 20 percent. Because large commercial vehicles can weigh over 10,000 pounds and carry dangerous cargo, these accidents can lead to disastrous injuries or fatalities.

 

Commercial trucking accidents include semi-truck accidents, tractor trailer accidents, delivery truck accidents and 18-wheeler crashes. A number of factors can contribute to an accident, such as fatigued driving, overloaded trucks, following too closely behind another vehicle, defective parts or distracted driving.

 

Determining who is responsible in the event of a trucking accident may be challenging and can involve a number of players, such as the:

 

  • Truck Driver
  • Owner or Company of the Vehicle
  • Manufacturer of the Vehicle
  • Shipper or Loader of the Truck’s Cargo

 

The experienced personal injury attorneys at The Gilliam Firm, PLLC can help you seek justice and recovery for your losses by carefully investigating the facts of the case to determine who is at fault. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has died due to the negligence of another driver in a trucking accident, contact us immediately for a free review of the facts of your case.

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