FAQs

In speaking with our clients over the years, we have assembled a list of frequently asked questions that often arise when someone is injured or killed in a trucking accident. We have tried to present and answer these questions in an easy-to-understand format.

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Who can be sued in a trucking accident lawsuit?

Any person, company, or entity that was at fault for causing the accident can be held liable for damages. Possible truck accident defendants include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the trailer
  • The shipper
  • The manufacturer of a defective product (tires, brakes, etc.), and/or any other person or entity responsible in any way for the accident.

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When do I need to hire a lawyer after a trucking accident?

You need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to make sure that evidence is preserved and is not destroyed. Physical evidence at the scene such as skid marks, yaw marks and scuffs begin to disappear within hours after an accident. An accident reconstructionist needs to be called to the scene to preserve and document this evidence. The trucking company is allowed to destroy relevant documents such as electronic messages within days of the accident if a spoliation letter is not sent to them demanding that they preserve and not alter this evidence. Without an attorney on your side, your case can be lost before it even begins.

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What state and federal regulations govern truck drivers?

There are numerous state and federal regulations that all motor carriers are required to follow. Our book, Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, summarizes the federal trucking regulations. These areas include:

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What makes your firm different from other firms?

We are trucking attorneys. We focus our practice on handling trucking cases and understand the importance of the state and federal regulations governing trucking companies. Many firms will sign up a trucking case even though they do not have the experience or knowledge to handle it. Ultimately, these firms treat the case like a regular automobile accident collision and force the client to settle the case at way below value. We know how to maximize the value of trucking cases. You can take comfort in knowing that your case will be handled professionally and that the end result will meet your expectations. Every trucking case needs a trucking attorney. 

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What damages can be recovered in a truck accident lawsuit?

Truck accident victims may be entitled to compensation for any physical, emotional or financial losses suffered in an accident. Victims are entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

In assessing and presenting your accident claim, our skilled attorneys will consider all aspects of your resulting harm and loss. We will fight to ensure you receive fair compensation for you injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.

What are some of the dangers associated with trucks?

Semi-tractor trailers have certain limitations that other occupants of the road must be aware of. Truck limitations include:

  • Blind spots. Many semi truck or tractor-trailer accidents are caused by blind spots, or “no zones.” When another vehicle is in one of these areas (typically located in the immediate front, back and on either side of the trailer), the truck driver is usually unable to see it. All too often, a truck turns into a passing vehicle, causing a serious accident.
  • Wide turns. Trucks need to swing wide to the left in order to perform a right turn. When a truck makes a wide turn, the driver is often not able to see smaller vehicles directly behind or beside his truck. Similarly, a truck’s trailer often has the tendency to sway into other lanes when traveling at a high speed.
  • Stopping distance. Trucks require a greater stopping distance than other vehicles. When a truck does not have the stopping distance required, a rear-end collision may occur.

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What are some common causes of trucking accidents?

Trucking accidents are caused by a variety of reasons. More often than is acceptable, truck companies try to cut expenses by cutting down on safety. This results in many unsafe trucks. Other common causes of semi truck/tractor-trailer collisions include:

  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failure to install blind-spot mirrors
  • Defective brakes
  • Bald tires
  • Unsteady loads
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Sleep deprivation

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Is there a difference between car and truck accident lawsuits?

Absolutely. At Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC, we believe that the biggest mistake an attorney can make is to treat a trucking claim like a typical automobile accident claim. There are a host of unique federal regulations applicable to commercial vehicles. In an effort to explain these complexities, we published Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, a comprehensive resource used by attorneys nationwide.

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