Commercial truck crashes often result in devastating injuries, property damage, and fatalities. If you have been involved in a truck accident, Hyland + Padilla PLLC will provide compassionate and tenacious representation for your case. We will investigate the crash to determine who is responsible, and will uphold your right to a settlement from start to finish. Contact our Raleigh truck accident lawyers today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Depending on the situation, there may be several different parties liable for a commercial truck crash:
The truck driver has a responsibility to drive in a reasonably safe and legal manner. Furthermore, trucking companies must abide by strict hiring practices and comply with federal regulations to increase the safety of drivers. In some cases, the trucking company will hire a third-party maintenance company to perform inspections and repairs on the vehicles. If this company fails to provide adequate maintenance, you may file a claim to seek justice.
Improperly loaded cargo or unbalanced cargo is another major cause of trucking wrecks. The cargo loading crew may be held liable if improperly loaded cargo causes your accident. Furthermore, the manufacturer of the truck may be held liable for an accident resulting from defective or dangerously designed truck parts. A thorough investigation is necessary to determine who is responsible in a commercial truck accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has put forth several regulations regarding the trucking industry. Specifically, truck drivers must not drive over a certain number of hours in a single workweek, and they are required to take regular rest breaks to reduce the risk of drowsy driving. Trucking companies must also abide by strict hiring practices and provide regular maintenance for the trucks.
In addition, truckers must inspect each vehicle before starting a journey. If a truck driver fails to do so, and a worn down or faulty component causes an accident, he or she may be held liable. Sometimes, trucking companies will pressure drivers to drive faster or longer than the legal limitl in order to meet tight shipping deadlines. If the trucking company failed to comply with federal and state regulations, it may be held liable for a crash.
Since 1999, Hyland + Padilla PLLC has represented hundreds of clients who have been injured by someone else’s negligence. We know cookie cutter legal strategies don’t work in every case. That is why we will take your individual needs into consideration and fight aggressively on your behalf as you pursue justice for a truck accident. Whatever your situation, trust our Raleigh truck accident attorneys to guide you through the legal process.
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