4 Things to Know About Truck Accident Lawsuits
Large, heavy vehicles are prone to catastrophic accidents. Because of their size, weight, and decreased visibility (blind spots), commercial trucks are notorious for causing serious – even fatal – traffic collisions. You might assume truck and car accidents are the same, but the legal process following a commercial vehicle accident involves a multitude of factors car accidents do not.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with a commercial truck, these factors could change the value, direction, and outcome of your case.
- Did the driver have a commercial license?
Truck drivers (and drivers of any commercial vehicle) must carry commercial drivers’ licenses. These licenses allow them to operate large, heavy trucks. If the driver responsible for your accident was not a licensed commercial driver, the case against the driver’s employer will change.
- Was the driver tired or over worked?
Like distracted driving, tired driving leads to catastrophic accidents. If the truck driver in your accident attempted to drive while exhausted, your lawyer can use this as evidence in your favor. In fact, federal regulations prohibit truck drivers from working long hours, making tired driving illegal in some cases.
- Was the vehicle carrying hazardous waste?
According to the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), truck drivers must adhere to strict guidelines while transporting dangerous materials. If the driver or trucking company did not following OHMS regulations, you may have additional evidence for your case.
- Was the truck properly maintained?
Commercial vehicles are manufactured and maintained to meet specific standards. If the semi-truck in your accident didn’t meet these standards, you could have additional cause to file suit against the driver’s employer or company that manufactured the vehicle.
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With Cannon & Dunphy S.C. on your side, you can have peace of mind about the future of your case. Our Wisconsin truck accident lawyers can help you seek justice and the money you need for lost wages, property damage, medical expenses, and more. To start your case, contact the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at our firm today.