Trucking accidents are the leading cause of death and serious bodily injury on the highways of the United States. Compare the size of a tractor-trailer with the average automobile and it's easy to see why. Tractor-trailer or other large truck accidents are often caused by driver error, inexperience and, very often, driver fatigue. However, they also may be caused by improper maintenance of the truck or trailer or even improper loading of the truck or trailer.
A truck accident involves many of the same issues as an automobile accident (see our page on auto accidents), but can be even more complicated. The trucking industry is regulated by a multitude of federal and state regulations concerning such things as vehicle maintenance, driver training, driver working hours, and mandated driver rest periods. To be properly represented in a trucking accident case, you need a skilled lawyer who knows how to identify potential problems, preserve the evidence and where to search in the records and regulations for the possible underlying cause or causes of your accident.Why hire an attorney?
Often, the services and testimony of a trucking expert or an accident reconstructionist are necessary to prove a case. A trucking expert is someone who has worked in the industry, is familiar with the regulations, equipment, records, and practices, and can use his or her expertise to determine if safety regulations were violated. An accident reconstructionist is typically an engineer or former police officer trained in reconstruction of accidents, who will review the existing physical and factual data to recreate the sequence of events which led to the accident. Again, a skilled lawyer is necessary to identify the potential cause or causes of the accident, engage the services of the right experts and to fully develop their testimony.
Your attorney may also need to work with other experts, such as physicians, economists, or vocational witnesses, to develop the complete picture of your injury and resulting damages, so that it can be properly presented to the trucking company and its insurer or to a jury, to ensure that you are properly and justly compensated.
If you have any questions concerning a trucking accident, please call our firm at (570) 344-1266.
The Attorneys of Needle Law have experience in handling truck accident cases and concentrate our services in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.