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Truck accidents usually involve life altering injuries and losses. Even when it seems clear that the truck driver was at fault, these cases are aggressively defended by trucking and insurance companies to in an effort to minimize their financial exposure. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, it is important that you hire an attorney who has significant experience handling truck accident cases given how much is at stake. Rourke & Blumenthal has successfully handled many truck crash cases over the years.
Most trucking companies send out investigators and lawyers to the crash scene within hours of the crash in order to get a head start on the victim in building their defense. In order to make sure that your best interests are being properly protected, you should hire a legal team with the experience, resources, and proven results to take on the trucking and insurance companies. Upon being hired, we immediately begin the investigation process by gathering evidence, retaining the necessary consultants and experts in various specialties, and contacting the trucking company to make sure that all evidence is preserved.
Trucking crashes occur for a number of reasons, such as inattentive driving, violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, fatigue, improper truck maintenance, and negligent safety practices by the trucking company. Trucking cases are unique from other crashes in that there are certain federal rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry because it is so widely known that trucks can be dangerous and incredibly harmful.
With technology advances, critical evidence such as dash-cam video in the truck and tracking devices provide incredibly helpful information regarding the crash, and must be preserved in order to prove what exactly happened in the crash. These are just a few examples of why experienced truck accident lawyers like the ones at Rourke & Blumenthal are needed in these cases.
What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?
Trucking companies and their drivers are heavily regulated by the FMSCA in order to reduce the chances of an accident since trucks can cause so much damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision. The hours of service regulation are one such rule that are aimed at preventing fatigued driving. According to these rules:
- Truck drivers can work only 14 hours in one day
- Truck drivers must rest or take meal breaks totaling 3 hours in a day, meaning they are only allowed to drive for 11 hours a day
- Driver must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours at the end of the day
- Truck drivers must take days off work regularly
Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?
A truck driver is not usually the one who is held liable after a truck accident, instead it is most often the trucking company. The main reason for this is because trucking companies are often caught expecting their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to save their company money. At times, the truck driver is held liable, especially if the accident was caused by their negligence, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol.
There are other parties that can be held liable, such as a truck manufacturer or cargo loading team, although it happens less often. The legal team at Rourke & Blumenthal is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and is ready to help you today.
Why Do I Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
Recovering the compensation you deserve after a truck accident without an experience attorney on your side can be very difficult. Trucking companies are usually backed by top-tier lawyers who are hired to protect their company which usually means keeping you from recovering proper compensation. The attorneys at Rourke & Blumenthal are experienced in handling truck accident claims and know what to expect during the entire claims process. Call our firm today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
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