Commercial Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Lawyer in Suffolk County
Commercial truck accidents can be devastating, and often result in serious injury and death. In addition to the driver being liable, often the truck driver’s company may also be at fault.
Understanding the Rules and Regulations that Apply to Truck Drivers
Interstate commercial truck drivers must comply with a number of rules and regulations that do not apply to non-commercial drivers. These rules have been enacted to promote safety and to prevent driver fatigue. Key rules and regulations include:
- Hours of Service Rules. Commercial truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than a certain number of hours in any day, or more than a certain number of hours over a other specific time periods.
- Rules concerning load inspection. Commercial truck drivers must inspect their loads at certain intervals so that potential problems can be identified before accidents result.
- Record maintenance. Commercial truck drivers must maintain a written or electronic log of their driving activities, including the daily hours that they have spent driving, information about where they drove during that period, when inspections took place, and other matters.
Company Liability for Commercial Truck Drivers
The companies that employ truck drivers can be directly liable for the accident and damages caused by their drivers. They may be liable for the negligent or reckless actions of the drivers, and/or they may be liable if they promote or encourage drivers to not comply with federal rules and regulations. They may also have legal liability if they have hired drivers who have a bad driving record, or if they continue to employ drivers who have lost their license.
Truck Accident Investigation
In the case of a truck accident that has resulted in serious injury or death, it is critical to conduct a detailed accident investigation as soon as possible to determine causation. In these circumstances, an accident reconstructionist (and potentially other experts) will often be helpful or necessary to prove a client’s case.
If you’ve been injured or a family member has been killed as the result of a truck accident, please call us. Once we learn about your case we can advise you of your rights to seek recovery against all those who may be liable.
We will meet with you for free – there is no cost or obligation for the initial consultation. If you retain us as your legal counsel there will be no fee to us unless we are successful in achieving a recovery for you.
To get started, call us today at (631) 543-8811 to schedule an appointment at a convenient time. We can meet with you in our office, or if this is not possible, at your home or other location.