Trucking companies are often referred to as “common carriers” thus trucking company responsibility is often referred to as “carrier responsibility”. The trucking industry is heavily regulated on both the state and federal level. Many of the legal duties and requirements placed on trucking companies were created to improve public safety. Our truck accident attorneys understand carrier responsibility and how it applies in your case.
Trucking companies have many legal responsibilities, and are required to keep extensive and detailed records. Among their basic responsibilities are strict rules regarding:
Screening and hiring drivers
Maintaining, inspecting, and repairing trucks
Record keeping on all of the above and more
Screening and Hiring Drivers
Trucking companies have extensive duties in screening their drivers and specific regulations regarding who they may hire. They must obtain background information which includes:
Driver’s license suspensions and revocations
Accidents and violations in both commercial and non-commercial vehicles for the last three years
Drug and alcohol testing for up to two years
Commercial driving employment records for the last three to ten years
Trucking companies can only use drivers who:
Are at least 21 years old
Have passed a physical exam with the last two years
Have passed a road test in a vehicle which is comparable to the one they will drive
Possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)
Investigating Your Truck Accident
Trucking companies are required to keep extensive and detailed records including records to prove compliance with trucking regulations. Your truck accident attorney must have a very thorough understanding of trucking regulations so that he knows which documents to request, and what the information really means.
Although thorough records must be kept, many are only kept for a short amount of time. If you do not get started right away vital evidence in your favor could be legally disposed of or destroyed.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by in a truck accident, please call our truck accident attorneys. The initial consultation with our truck accident attorneys is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. A truck accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
Motorcycle accidents are often deadly or result in permanent disabilities. Mainly because of the lack of safety measures and foolproof protective equipment, motorcycle accidents are 35 times more deadly than any other kind of traffic accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of today’s motorcycle accidents occur on highways and are the result of inattentive drivers and speeding motor vehicles including cars and trucks. Not wearing safety helmets contributes to the degree of severity of injuries received by motorcyclists. The NHTSA also estimates that safety helmets can reduce the chance of a fatality by 37%. While most motorcycle enthusiasts are well aware of the threat riding a motorcycle without a helmet poses, many still refuse to wear them and increase their risk of serious personal injuries.
If you or anyone you know has been seriously injured due to a motorcycle accident, please contact our Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
More than 5,000 people die from motorcycle accidents each year in the US. Motorcycle accidents occur in many different ways with many variables unique to each accident. However, similarities between motorcycle and automobile crashes are too blatant to ignore. Fast speeds, violent collisions, and, more often than not, inattentive or distracted motorists all play their role in typical motorcycle accidents. The majority of motorcycle accidents happen on highways with more than half of them involving other motor vehicles.
One of the main reasons motorcycle traffic accidents occur is aggressive driving. Failure to yield right of way or operating a motorcycle at unsafe speeds round up the top three reasons for the high rate of motorcycle accidents.
Common reasons for motorcycle accidents include:
Limited Visibility Accidents
Loss of Motorcycle Control
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often occurs in motorcycle accidents where the driver of the motor bike was not wearing a helmet. Helmets can help reduce fatalities and serious brain injuries like concussions, head trauma, and TBIs by more than 37%. Motorcyclists are also frequently thrown off their vehicle after impact due to lack of safety harnesses on motorcycles. This may cause a myriad of injuries including road rash, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
The most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Damage
Soft Tissue Injuries
Getting Legal Help
Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious consequences including permanent disabilities and substantial loss of income. Our experienced legal team can help provide you with all the legal options available to you from seeking justice to receiving compensation for your injuries. Please contact our Personal Injury Lawyers today.
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