Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers: Liability in Truck Accidents
Highway truck accidents can result in severe and sometimes fatal injuries. The massive size and weight of large trucks creates a devastating impact force in a collision, especially when vehicles are traveling at high speeds on highways.
Although truck drivers are required to follow federal Hours of Services regulations, many attempt to clock more miles by driving for longer time periods than the rules allow.
Currently, Hours of Service regulations for cargo-carrying drivers include the following:
- No more than 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive hours of being off duty.
- Mandatory rest breaks of 30 minutes every eight hours
- Maximum of 60-70 working hours in 7/8 consecutive days
Each truck accident is unique, and many factors must be investigated to determine what parties may responsible for causing the accident. Depending on the circumstances, a number of parties could ultimately be found liable, including: the trucking company, truck driver, cargo loader or truck manufacturer.
A truck driver can be held personally liable if his or her negligence caused the accident. For example, drowsy driving, aggressive driving, speeding or tailgating are examples of negligent truck driving. A truck company can be held liable if it pressures a driver to make profit a priority over safety. A cargo loader could be held responsible if a truck is overloaded. This is another example of putting profit before safety. Identifying the cause of a truck accident can be a complicated process, one that an experienced truck accident lawyer can address.
Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers at Folkman Law Represent Victims Injured in Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation for medical expenses, future treatment, lost wages, temporary or permanent disability, and pain and suffering. Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers at Folkman Law fight for the rights of victims who have been injured in truck accidents throughout South Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area. Contact Folkman Law online or call 856-354-9444 for a free case evaluation by phone.