Injured in a Trucking Accident?
Truck accidents (also known as 18-wheeler collisions) are some of the most devastating auto accidents. Because of the weight and size of a truck, especially one carrying cargo, such accidents often cause life-altering personal injuries. Injuries incurred in a trucking accident can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and other catastrophic injuries. If you have been in a truck accident, you will need a Knoxville truck accident attorney from the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed to represent you in filing a claim.
Some of the common causes of trucking accidents include:
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At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, our personal injury lawyer represents clients who have been involved in a wide range of trucking accidents, such as jackknifing accidents, road departures, multi-vehicle pileups, and even explosions. No matter how severe your injuries or how complex your claim, our legal team is here to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve so you and your family can recover with peace of mind. We have the resources and experience you need on your side to fight insurance companies, the trucking company, and any other liable party.
Federal Trucking Regulations
The U.S. Department of Transportation has strict laws that regulate commercial vehicles and trucks exceeding 10,000 pounds in weight. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers, truck companies, and other parties in the trucking industry must follow stringent standards and regulations. Otherwise, they can be held liable for accidents that happen as a result of these violations.
What does the FMCSA regulate?
- Driving time on the road – Truck drivers are not to exceed the maximum 11 hours a day driving limit without consecutive hours off duty. Drivers must also take mandatory rest breaks while driving in order to minimize fatigued driving.
- Driver qualifications – Drivers must have a valid commercial driver’s license indicating he or she passed the road test and is physically able to operate a commercial vehicle.
- Truck maintenance – Trucks must undergo routine inspection, repair, and maintenance to ensure that the vehicle is safe to operate. Truck accidents are often caused by defective parts such as tire blowouts or brake failures.
- Cargo securement – There are specific rules regarding how to secure cargo as well as weight limits for certain vehicles. An overloaded or improperly loaded truck can be very dangerous because it limits maneuverability, slows braking, and can scatter debris on the road.
During a truck accident investigation, we can work with accident experts to help you uncover the causes of your crash and determine the liability party.
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You may have a number of different questions about what to do after you have been in an accident, including who is responsible and how you can recover damages. Our Knoxville personal injury attorney is here to help guide you through the complex process and address your concerns.
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