Trucking Accidents

car_truck_accidentWhen it comes to road accidents, the Lobaugh Accident and Injury Firm can help.  Some of the worst accidents involve a large vehicle such as an 18 wheeler truck. More than 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the United States each year, resulting in about 5,000 deaths and many more horrific injuries.

Large trucks are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks accounted for 3,964 crash fatalities in 2013, the fourth consecutive year with an increase in big rig deaths. Though large trucks comprise only 4% of vehicles on the road, roughly one out of every eight traffic deaths in America involves an accident with an 18 wheeler, a tractor trailer, or a semi truck.

These large transport trucks are especially dangerous due to their size, bulk and weight, which can overwhelm smaller vehicles in a crash. Usually such accidents cause much greater damage to a smaller vehicle than would an accident between two small vehicles. A typical loaded big rig weighs 60,000 to 80,000 pounds, compared to 2,000 to 4,000 pounds for a car or 6,000 pounds for a large SUV.

Large trucks are harder to stop and maneuver than smaller vehicles and have “blind spots” for drivers. 18 wheelers often carry big loads which can be unsecured, can cause the vehicle to be off-balance and can exceed the height limits of bridges and overpasses. Trucks’ cargos can include hazardous materials.

Poor maintenance can lead to disastrous tire blowouts, brake failures and other equipment malfunctions. Unrealistic delivery schedules, deadlines and long hauls may compel drivers to spend too long behind the wheel and then cause a crash by driver error or falling asleep. Sleep apnea is common among big rig drivers. Such drivers can fall asleep at the wheel or at least lack sufficient attention and readiness to avoid an accident, when a split second may mean the difference between life and death.

Additionally, many truck drivers do not follow the speed limits and rules of the road. Some drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Others may tend to tailgate or otherwise drive recklessly. And still other large truck drivers may not be properly trained or licensed to handle the vehicles.

Trucking Rules & Regulations

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations govern many aspects of 18 wheeler operations, including strict standards for a driver to qualify to drive a big rig. Many accidents are caused by inexperienced or unqualified drivers, and that shows negligence by the trucking line.

The FMCSR also sets standards for maintaining and equipping tractor trailers and also sets strict rules for a driver’s hours of service.  For instance, a driver may not drive for more than 11 consecutive hours when coming on-duty after 10 hours off-duty.

LET THE EXPERIENCE OF THE Lobaugh Injury Law Firm WORK FOR YOU!

Attorney Russell D. Lobaugh will  pursue your case and help you claim full and fair compensation for your  injuries.He will determine if you are covered for your injuries by insurance and then will work to help you get the money you deserve under the policy. This may prove vital since accident insurance companies often will not pay medical bills promptly and fully. He will work to force the issue and to make sure that the insurance company lives up to the policy. When an insurance company balks at providing coverage, Russell D. Lobaugh  will make certain that you are not “taken for a ride” but, instead, get the coverage you deserve for your medical costs and suffering. If there is a need for costly surgery to achieve your recovery, he will negotiate for its payment on your behalf. He will also will see to it that all claims are paid before the insurance coverage expires.

Beyond accident insurance companies, Russell D. Lobaugh  will hold responsible those who caused the accident, including the truck driver, the trucking company and the manufacturer of the truck. Their negligence often is a factor in such accidents, as you can learn by calling the Lobaugh Injury Law Firm for a free consultation.

Following a big rig crash, you should not give any recorded or written statements to the trucking line, sign any waivers from the trucking line or attempt to negotiate a settlement with the trucking line on your own.

Obtaining accident evidence for 18 wheeler wrecks is different from other automotive cases, in part because big rigs are commercial vehicles with big companies behind them. It’s vital to respond quickly because there’s important evidence the injured party needs to maintain and regulations allow trucking companies to destroy evidence after certain periods of time.

Many trucking lines have a “black box” device that records vehicles’ movements and can be used as evidence. Maintenance records also can be attained, along with logbooks in which truckers are required to keep records of their hours at the wheel, which helps identify fatigued truckers.

This evidence can disappear after a crash. Trucking lines and their insurance companies have very sophisticated lawyers trying to do what they can to keep the injured party from being able to get this evidence. If you act early, you can request relief from the court.

Call the Lobaugh Injury Law Firm Today!

Anyone can be a victim in an accident. You don’t have to be a victim anymore. If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of others, Call the Lobaugh Injury Law Firm for a FREE consultation at 405-254-4432 or tell us about your case online so we can contact you today!

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