The Nuances of Interstate Truck Accident Cases

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[author: Richard P. Traulsen]

Long-haul trucking is the backbone of interstate commerce in the United States.  With the end to regulation of interstate shipping rates and the opening of the trucking industry to competition came a flood of new trucking companies and an explosion in the number of tractor trailers crisscrossing the country.  While most trucking companies are concerned with preventing accidents, and the vast majority of professional truck drivers take safety very seriously, there are many companies and drivers who place short term profits over safety, putting us all at risk.

Crashes involving commercial trucks may result from simple negligence, such as misjudging the speed of an oncoming car while making a left turn.  However, more often than not, severe interstate truck crashes can be linked to a pattern of behavior ranging from poor vehicle maintenance to driving too many hours to driving sleep deprived to habitually driving too fast to poor training and supervision.

The Federal Government and individual state governments have enacted detailed and comprehensive regulations to improve safety in the trucking industry.  These include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.  The problem is that truck drivers and trucking companies are very skilled at skirting and violating these rules, with the end result often being tragic for the motor public who share the nation’s roadways with these 80,000 pound behemoths.

How difficult can it be to obtain justice?

Due to the significant financial stake interstate trucking companies have in the outcome of truck accident cases, injured plaintiffs start at a huge disadvantage.  Trucking companies have rapid response teams consisting of investigators, adjusters, risk managers, highly experienced defense attorneys, accident reconstruction experts, and more ready to go 24 hours a day.  When a crash occurs, the trucking company dispatches a rapid response team to the crash location, often arriving before the police have even completed the initial investigation.  By doing this, the trucking company can control the flow of information and influence the outcome of the investigation.

The only way for the victims of trucking accidents to level the playing field is to retain an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in handling trucking cases.  A knowledgeable trucking attorney knows how to preserve evidence, knows the tricks drivers and trucking companies use to hide violations of the safety regulations, and knows how to make sure injured victims are properly compensated and trucking companies are held accountable.  Holding trucking companies accountable is the best method we have to improve safety for everyone using America’s roadways.

The attorneys at Begam & Marks have decades of experience in holding trucking companies accountable by representing the victims of truck crashes.  And these victims many times include other truck drivers who were following the rules and trying to operate safely.  Our attorneys have lectured across the country specifically on the subject of effectively prosecuting plaintiffs’ trucking cases.  Our attorneys have even taught trial advocacy colleges devoted specifically to litigation truck collision casas.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck crash, no matter where it may have occurred, please contact us.