Being involved in a truck accident can be a scary experience. Not only is there the physical and emotional trauma of being in an accident, but it can also be difficult to navigate the legal process that follows. When filing an injury claim due to an 18 wheeler truck wreck, you need to understand how the process works and what steps you need to take next.
Truck accidents are much more complex than standard car collisions due to their size and weight, as well as because of federal regulations that govern commercial trucks. It is important for anyone considering filing a truck accident claim to be aware of these differences before they begin their claims process. For instance, commercial trucks must meet certain safety standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
18 wheelers are a part of everyday life and serve an important role in moving goods from place to place. However, 18 wheelers can also be deadly if not safe. Since 18 wheelers often travel over long distances and may navigate through different states, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set certain safety standards which 18 wheelers are expected to meet. Common issues that 18 wheelers fail at when it comes to meeting these FMCSA safety regulations include inadequate maintenance, driver negligence, unsatisfactory roadworthiness, and incorrect cargo loading. All of these issues can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities when 18-wheeler accidents occur. To avoid such tragedies, 18-wheeler owners and drivers must take the necessary precautions to ensure their 18 wheelers meet FMCSA safety standards.
These standards are designed to reduce the number of collisions involving large commercial vehicles. If a truck driver or vehicle owner fails to meet these standards, they may be liable for any injuries caused in an accident.
If you have been injured in an 18 wheeler collision, your best option is usually to hire a lawyer who specializes in truck accidents and personal injury law. A lawyer can help you investigate your claim and determine who was at fault for the accident. They can also help you gather evidence that will support your case in court. Your lawyer will also negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and other parties involved in the case so that you get the best possible settlement for your injuries.
The aftermath of being involved in a truck accident can be overwhelming, but understanding how the claim process works and taking advantage of working with an experienced lawyer can help make it easier for those affected by such wrecks. The most important thing is to remember that if you have been injured in a tractor-trailer collision, it is essential that you seek out legal advice right away so that your rights are protected under state and federal laws associated with these types of collisions. An experienced attorney will help guide you through this difficult time while ensuring all applicable laws are followed while pursuing settlement negotiations or litigation if necessary. Filing an injury claim after being involved in an 18-wheeler truck wreck doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful when approached correctly. Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Righthand for a consultation, and we can help you through the process.
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