18 Wheeler Accidents

Large freight carriers like 18 wheelers are subject to strict regulation by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) as well as State laws. Operators and trucking companies must comply with operator training requirements, restriction of the number of hours on duty, breaks and rest time, roadworthy inspections of trucks and truck systems, correct load distribution and much more. A failure to comply with either State or federal regulations which results in an accident that causes serious injury may constitute negligence. If you have been injured by an 18 wheeler, you can depend upon an injury attorney at the firm to scrutinize your accident to determine the cause.


Truck operators can be under pressure which cause them to not adhere to safety regulations such as to make trips faster than is really possible or shortcut their inspection of the state of repair of the truck in order to get on the road sooner. A knowledgeable lawyer will move quickly to secure the operator’s log and other evidence which is crucial to proving your case. Some common causes of commercial freight carrier accidents include:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • A truck system failure (such as brake failure)
  • Truck operator distraction
  • Operator fatigue
  • Reckless or aggressive driving (examples are speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes)
  • Overloaded truck or unbalanced load
  • Defective roads
  • Bad weather causing dangerous road surfaces
  • Tire blowout
  • Defective tires or other truck components
  • Vehicle or person in truck operator’s blind spot

Truck accidents can be complex cases which require an in depth understanding of the science of accidents. Accident reconstruction and other experts may be needed to testify at trial if an acceptable settlement cannot be arranged through negotiation. It is important to make sure you work with a legal firm which has the resources to do all that is necessary to obtain a positive result. The Law Offices of Berriz Law Group understands how important it is for you to receive full compensation for your losses and receive the care you deserve.

Contact an accident attorney at the firm who is highly experienced and motivated to fight for you.

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