Dealing with tractor trailer trucks is a fact of life for highway drivers and commuters on a daily basis. Generally the drivers of these rigs drive professionally and courteously as best they can, but there are always some less responsible folks in the mix. Whether aggressive driving, weariness, or distracted driving are the cause, commercial vehicle accidents happen more and more frequently.
Many factors can lead to an accident involving a tractor trailer. Here are some common causes:
Laws Governing Truck Accidents
Federal laws and regulations govern the trucking industry. These laws establish certain standards that trucking companies, owners, and drivers must meet, and often determine who is responsible for a trucking accident.
Agencies that regulate truck driving include the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Every state also has a department of transportation with its own set of trucking regulations.
The Blame Game
When it comes to truck accidents, there is a web of players who may be responsible for a victim’s injuries, including:
The trucking, hauling, and leasing companies often argue among themselves over whose insurance will compensate the victim. For example, the truck company might claim that the accident was caused by defective brakes. In turn, the brake company might then point the finger at the leasing company, claiming that it failed to maintain the brakes in good working order.
Contact An Attorney
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle and you feel that it was through no fault of your own, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our skilled attorneys for counsel on the matter.