Trucking wrecks involving tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other large trucks used for commercial purposes create unique legal issues. To show you he has this understanding, lawyer John Phillips even enrolled in 18 wheeler driving school to better understand the perspective, challenges and rules of the road as a truck driver. Many of these wrecks are caused by a truck driver’s fatigue, abuse of drugs, sleep deprivation, the pressures of long-haul driving, aggressive driving, simple negligence or weather.
John understands that accidents that result in a trucking injury can be some of the worst impact injuries. He also understands the new challenges truck drivers face on the road and he wants to be there for you to seek justice for you.
Potential Defendants include the truck driver, the truck owner, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the manufacturer of any defective or faulty parts, the drivers of other vehicles involved, anyone who failed to properly maintain safety of the rig, the load, the roadway or other hazards, the insurance company or companies representing any of the Defendants and many more.
Whether your truck accident was a semi accident involving a tractor trailer or a regular truck, the Law Offices of John M. Phillips wants to represent YOU! John has experience working on both sides of accident cases involving truck wrecks and knows truck accident law.
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Many of the products and goods we rely on daily are now shipped in from areas of the U.S. Combine this with the increasing number of people who shop online for products, and it is easy to see why there seems to be more trucks and tractor trailers on the road than ever before. Unfortunately, this also means an increased likelihood for truck accidents and injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck accidents kill roughly 3,500 people a year in the U.S., while causing serious and potentially life threatening injuries for as many as 90,000 others. Due to the large size and bulk of most big rigs, in the majority of these cases it is other motorists involved in these accidents that suffer the majority of the damages. In looking at the accidents involving cars and trucks, the FMCSA has identified several common types of accidents that occur:
Any of the above accidents can result in severe, potentially disabling, and even life threatening injuries for both the truck driver and other motorists involved. When these accidents occur on highways and interstates, they can set off a chain reactions, resulting in multi car pile ups injuring multiple drivers.
While some trucking accidents occur due to outside influences, such as road, weather, or traffic conditions, others are caused by conditions that could have been prevented, such as driver inexperience and reckless or illegal driving behaviors. According to truck accident statistics from Ryder, a leader in the commercial trucking industry, the majority of accidents can often be attributed to one of the following factors:
While truck drivers are to blame for some of these behaviors, other motorists as well as the trucking company itself may be responsible as well.
When a trucking accident occurs, the injuries you suffer are likely to be severe. You could be facing the need for ongoing medical care and treatment, while being unable to support yourself or your loved ones. While you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through an insurance company claim or personal injury lawsuit, what you do in the immediate aftermath of the accident has the potential to negatively impact the situation. If you are involved in this type of accident, whether as a truck driver or as a motorist, it is important to take the following steps:
Notify the Highway Patrol or local law enforcement immediately;
Exchange your personal contact and insurance information and your driver’s license and registration numbers with the other drivers involved;
If you are a motorist involved in this type of accident, get the name and contact information for the trucking company the driver is employed by;
Call an ambulance if one is not already on the scene, and get medical care for your own injuries, regardless of how minor they may appear;
Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
The police will fill out an accident report listing all the driver’s involved, and it is a good idea to be aware of any witnesses at the scene who may have seen how the accident occurred. Before making any statements to the insurance company or signing any documents, speak with one of our experienced truck accident attorney first, to ensure your rights and interests are protected.
If you or someone you care about is involved in a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of John M. Phillips today. Our attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable, and can assist you in getting the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries you suffered.