Commercial Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Lawyers Dedicated to Accountability
Accidents involving commercial trucks can have devastating consequences including serious injury, death, and significant life challenges. When a truck driver is at fault for an accident, their company may also be held liable. If your life has been turned upside down as the result of a truck accident, The Law Office of Carl Maltese can help you figure out what to do next. Our attorneys have decades of experience working on behalf of clients as truck accident lawyers in Suffolk County.
Understanding the Rules and Regulations That Apply to Truck Drivers
Truck drivers are often paid based on the number of miles they drive, giving them an incentive to stay on the road as long as possible. Sleepiness and fatigue can set in as the hours and miles pass, putting other drivers at risk on the road. In order to prevent driver fatigue and promote safety, interstate commercial truck drivers must comply with a number of rules and regulations that do not apply to non-commercial drivers, including:
- 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 another specific period of time.
- 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 Rules. Commercial truck drivers must maintain a written or electronic log of their driving activities, including daily driving hours, information about where they drove during that period, when inspections took place, and other matters.
Company Liability for Commercial Truck Drivers
Companies that employ truck drivers can be directly liable for accidents and damages caused by their drivers. They may be liable for the negligent or reckless actions of the drivers, and they may be held liable for promoting or encouraging drivers against complying with federal rules and regulations. They may also have legal liability if they have hired drivers who have a record of previous car accidents, 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 wrongful death, it is critical to seek help from a truck accident attorney with experience handling these types of cases. The Law Office of Carl Maltese has a record of achieving results for clients impacted by the negligence or recklessness of truck drivers and trucking companies. As soon as possible after an accident, we conduct a detailed accident investigation using accident reconstructionists and other experts to help prove a client’s case. We also work to hold insurance companies accountable for the actions of their insured drivers with the goal of helping clients recover damages for their suffering.
If you’ve been injured or a family member has been killed as the result of a truck accident, it’s imperative to seek the help of a truck accident lawyer in Suffolk County as soon as possible. Your life has drastically changed, but The Law Office of Carl Maltese may be able to help you seek legal action against those who may be liable. We offer free no-obligation consultations, and we do not charge a fee unless we are successful in recovering damages for your suffering. Call The Law Office of Carl Maltese today at (631) 543-8811 to request your free consultation.