Everything You Need to Know If You've Been Injured in a Truck Accident
It happens in seconds. A truck traveling too fast for road conditions, changing lanes unexpectedly, or following too closely wreaks havoc on other motorists and vehicles.
Weighing in at 80,000 pounds or more, a semi-truck hurtling down a highway carries immense force and destructive capability. Even the slightest collision between a big rig and a car or pickup can result in severe injuries or death for drivers and passengers.
A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that out of 963 accidents between large trucks and passenger vehicles, there were 249 fatalities and 1,654 injuries. That’s a death rate of 26% and an injury rate of 172%.
This is a startling statistic. If you have been injured in a truck accident, understand that you are not alone and that you are entitled to fair compensation.
A SUCCESSFUL COMPENSATION CLAIM BEGINS WITH THE FACTS
All drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws and avoid other vehicles. Because of the potential devastation in any collision with a truck, drivers of big rigs are held to a higher standard. Federal law requires truckers to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This license obligates the driver to some additional responsibilities including:
- Skill in maneuvering the truck in all traffic conditions
- Ensuring the truck is properly maintained
- Conducting a pre-trip inspection
- Containment of hazardous materials
Truck drivers are also required to maintain a logbook that includes:
- Driving hours and rest hours each day
- Loading date of their cargo
- Truck weight before and after loading
- Scheduled delivery date
Failure to perform any of the CDL required duties or to maintain the logbook constitutes negligence. Your successful claim for compensation for your injuries begins with a rigorous examination of the facts and truck driver’s compliance or negligence in adhering to all required regulations.
TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY UTAH DRIVERS TRUST
With credentials that include Utah’s largest jury verdict, 16.4 million for an injured person, Eisenberg, Gilchrist & Cutt is the right personal injury law firm to represent you in your compensation claim. Experienced in unraveling the intricacies of large truck negligence and liability, our team of proven trial lawyers and experts work together to bring you the settlement you deserve. Most importantly, we represent people, not insurance companies.
If you have been injured in an accident and are looking for the best truck accident attorney Utah drivers trust, contact Eisenberg, Gilchrist & Cutt today at (801) 901-3470.