Commercial Truck Crash Lawyers Serving Clients throughout the US

Each year, thousands of individuals suffer life-altering injuries in crashes involving commercial trucks across the United States. These collisions can be devastating, often resulting in catastrophic injuries and even the loss of life. The immense size and weight of commercial trucks lead to significantly greater forces in a wreck compared to a typical car crash. Furthermore, the trucking industry is governed by a complex web of regulations, adding further challenges to these cases. 

This is where the experienced truck crash attorneys at Southern Med Law can become invaluable to your case. Our founder is a practicing physician who has both extensive legal and medical knowledge. And because trucking accidents tend to result in some of the most severe types of injuries, our firm is uniquely positioned to recover the maximum compensation possible based on the full extent of the injuries and other losses you have suffered. 

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Understanding the Distinct Nature of Commercial Truck Wrecks

Commercial truck crashes differ from car collisions in several key aspects. Tractor-trailer wrecks, for instance, can result in far more devastating consequences due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while the average passenger car weighs around 4,000 pounds. This significant weight disparity means that when a commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the results can be catastrophic. 

Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes rigorous regulations on truck drivers, trucking companies, and the vehicles themselves. These rules encompass various aspects, such as: 

  • Driver fatigue limitations: Truck drivers are subject to strict hours-of-service regulations to prevent driving while fatigued. 
  • Vehicle maintenance requirements: Trucking companies must adhere to regular maintenance schedules to ensure the safety of their vehicles. 
  • Cargo securement procedures: Proper loading and securing of cargo are crucial to prevent shifts during transport that can lead to instability and crashes. 

A violation of these regulations by any party involved in the crash could serve as evidence of negligence, strengthening the case for the victim. 

Another significant distinction in commercial truck crashes is the potential for multiple liable parties. While car collisions typically involve just two drivers, a commercial truck wreck may implicate several responsible entities, including: 

  • The truck driver: Fatigue, speeding, distracted driving, or operating under the influence can all contribute to commercial truck crashes. Drivers are responsible for adhering to FMCSA regulations and operating their vehicles safely. 
  • The trucking company: Liability may fall on the company if they neglected proper truck maintenance, hired a driver with a questionable safety record, or coerced the driver to violate FMCSA regulations. Companies have a duty to ensure their fleet is safe and their drivers are qualified. 
  • The cargo loader: Improperly secured or balanced cargo can shift during transport, causing the truck to become unstable and crash. Cargo loaders must follow proper loading procedures to minimize the risk of accidents. 
  • The truck manufacturer: If a mechanical defect in the truck played a role in the collision, the manufacturer could be held accountable. Manufacturers have a responsibility to produce safe, reliable vehicles. 
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The Role of a Commercial Truck Crash Lawyer in Protecting Your Rights

A skilled commercial truck crash lawyer can take several crucial steps to safeguard your rights and optimize your chances of securing fair compensation. Here’s what you can expect: 

Case Evaluation and Investigation

Your lawyer will begin by assessing the specifics of your case to pinpoint the cause of the crash and identify potentially liable parties. This will be followed by a comprehensive investigation, which may include 

  • Examining the crash scene to collect evidence such as skid marks and debris 
  • Securing copies of the police report and any photographs from the scene 
  • Analyzing the truck driver’s logs and the trucking company’s maintenance records 
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses and other potential sources of information 
  • Consulting with accident reconstruction experts to determine how the collision occurred 
  • This thorough investigation lays the foundation for a strong case, enabling your lawyer to build compelling arguments on your behalf. 

Identifying All Liable Parties

As previously noted, multiple parties may bear responsibility for a commercial truck crash. Your lawyer will diligently work to identify all potentially liable entities, including the truck driver, trucking company, cargo loader, or truck manufacturer. By holding all responsible parties accountable, your lawyer can maximize your potential recovery. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If your lawyer determines that you have a valid case, they will proceed with filing a personal injury claim on your behalf. This claim will detail the specifics of the crash, the extent of your injuries, and the damages you are seeking. Your lawyer will use their knowledge of the law and the evidence gathered during the investigation to craft a compelling case. 

Negotiating for Maximum Compensation

The majority of commercial truck crash cases are resolved out of court through negotiations with the insurance companies representing the liable parties. Your lawyer will leverage their extensive experience in negotiating with insurers to fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to. They will present evidence of liability, the severity of your injuries, and the impact the crash has had on your life to argue for a fair settlement. 

Taking Your Case to Trial

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, your lawyer will be prepared to take your case to trial. They will present your case to a judge and jury, using their litigation skills to argue for your right to compensation. Having a skilled trial attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. 

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Experienced Truck Crash Lawyers on Your Side

At Southern Med Law, our team of experienced commercial truck crash lawyers is dedicated to protecting the rights of victims nationwide. We understand the devastating impact that these collisions can have on individuals and families, and we are committed to fighting for the compensation our clients deserve. 

Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the unique aspects of commercial truck crash law and FMCSA regulations. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate your case, identify all liable parties, and build a strong case on your behalf.  

If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck crash, contact Southern Med Law today for a free case evaluation.