18-Wheeler Accidents

The most common issues faced in commercial vehicle litigation include:

Truck driver fatigue and Hours of Service
Truck driver distraction due to electronic devices
Rapid Response Teams and the importance of prompt investigation
Importance of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in Commercial Trucking cases
Statutory background of federal trucking safety laws
Federal Motor Carrier Regulations often cited in commercial trucking cases

Handling a case involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle requires a special investment of time and resources, and a complex knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. All aspects of handling a case involving an 18-wheeler – including investigation, discovery, technology and the laws involved – is significantly different than a standard motor vehicle case. A lawyer who is not equipped with the proper background knowledge, time or experience to handle a claim involving a commercial truck crash is doing a great disservice to the client he represents.

 

It is the responsibility of the commercial motor carrier to ensure that the vehicles and drivers it employs meet all federal regulations to safeguard both its employees and the general driving public, and the responsibility of the commercial driver to make sure he or she is in compliance with the rules.

 

But it is up to the lawyer handling a case involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle to be familiar with those rules and regulations in order to recognize a claim and effectively handle the case. Additionally, it is essential that lawyers handling these types of cases be prepared with a broad base of knowledge about the specific technology, insurance issues, multistate discovery practices and other aspects of litigation that are unique to the commercial vehicle industry and this type of litigation. We can help you get the results that matter.