Truck Accidents are More Complicated than an Ordinary Car vs. Car Crash. Why?
• Five-star crash test ratings mean little in a truck collision.
• Trucks are larger, heavier, and take greater skill to maneuver.
• Trucks require a CDL (commercial drivers license) to drive.
• Truck companies and their drivers must comply with over 640 federal safety regulations.
• Truck companies will spare no expense to defend their driver to minimize your situation.
• Truck crashes often involve tragic, catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Our Attorneys Have Practical Truck Knowledge
Two of our attorneys hold Class A Commercial Drivers Licenses. You need to ask yourself, “Do I hire the attorney who knows how to drive a semi-truck or do I hire the one who has no clue on how to drive a truck?” Lawyers who focus on helping truck crash victims should have practical legal / trial experience AND truck driving experience. It is often said, you cannot learn life from a book or in a classroom. There is no substitute for actually doing it.
Truck accident attorneys, like those in our firm, understand how important it is to properly prepare your case for trial and a fair and just settlement that will protect you and your loved ones. We understand the subtleties and nuisances of handling a truck crash cases.
Truck Lawyers Must Know These Trucking Specific Acronyms
• AEB - Automatic Emergency Braking
• BASICs - Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories
• CDL - Commercial Drivers License
• CMV - Commercial Motor Vehicle
• CR - Compliance Review
• CSA - Compliance, Safety, and Accountability
• DOT - Department of Transportation
• ECM - Engine / Electronic Control Module
• ELD - Electronic Logging Device
• EOBR - Electronic On-board Recorder
• ESC - Electronic Stability Control
• FCAM - Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation
• FMCSA - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
• FMCSR - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
• FMVSS - Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
• HM - Hazardous Materials
• HOS - Hours-of-Service
• NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• OOS - Out-of-Service violation
• RSD - Reduced Stopping Distance
• SMS - Safety Measurement System
All too often, a trucker is over his hours-of-service (HOS) as evidenced on his electronic logging device (ELD). A collision results and the Department of Transportation (DOT) performs a post collision Level I inspection of the driver and the equipment. Frequently, infractions of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) demonstrate Out-of-Service (OOS) violations that negatively impact the truck company's Safety Measurement Scores (SMS). Patterns of poor safety behavior can be proven by frequent penalties in one or more of the Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Enforcement officials utilize the data from these violations and place them into an algorithm to identify the truly bad truck companies. This federal enforcement program is called Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA), if the company and/or driver is not compliant with the regulations, then they are not safe, and must be held accountable. Very non-compliant truck companies are singled out and must undergo a company-wide Compliance Review (CR). Unfortunately, the federal government can only do so much to prevent wrecks caused by forced dispatch, fatigued driving, poor vehicle maintenance, unsafe driving behavior, poor driver fitness, driving while drugged, drunk, drowsy, or distracted.
We Focus On Helping Truck Crash Victims
Truck Accident Attorneys, like this firm, focus our practice on compassionately handling catastrophic and wrongful death truck accident cases. Combined with your strength and courage together we are able to make the roadways safer – one truck driver and truck company at a time. Together we will hold accountable those who have harmed you and your loved ones. Together we will ensure you have an outcome that protects you and your family into the future.
Our attorneys not only represent clients throughout the country, we have been invited to lecture to lawyers nationwide and into Canada to educate car crash lawyers about the stark differences between handling car collisions versus truck crashes. A car accident is not a truck accident.
We will give you our cell phone number so you can reach us whenever you need us. We are pleased to help you through this difficult time and put you and your family on the right road to recovery.