Louisville Truck/18-wheeler Accidents Attorney
Every day, millions of Americans share the roads with large commercial trucks. These types of vehicles play an important role in our national economy, helping to transport billions of tons of cargo every year. However, they also pose serious risks to the health and safety of other motorists as a result of their massive size and the force they can exert. As a result, injuries resulting from truck accidents, which can include brain and spinal cord injuries, are often far more serious than other types of car accidents.
In light of the serious consequences that truck accident victims may have to face, truck drivers, truck manufacturers, and trucking companies should take extra precaution to ensure that they and the trucks are safe to be on the road. Unfortunately, at the Sampson Law Firm, we know all too well that many people in Louisville suffer from devastating losses due to these parties acting negligently. Fortunately though, many victims are able to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the truck accident, providing them with the potential to win much-needed financial compensation.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can, unfortunately, be caused by various factors and the actions of others. Some of the most common ways in which other people are at fault for an accident include:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Truck Driver Error or Negligence
- Truck Defect or Malfunction
- Trucking Company Negligence
- No-Zone Truck Accidents
When you have been injured in one of these types of truck accidents, you might be owed compensation and should explore your legal options for getting both the money and the closure that you need.
Speak with a Truck Accident Lawyer in Louisville
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, our Louisville truck accident lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm understand that you are likely suffering from burdensome financial expenses, traumatic physical injuries, and serious emotional trauma. With our help, though, you may be able to obtain compensation and justice from the truck driver or trucking company responsible for your losses. Find out how we can help you through this difficult time by calling (502) 584-5050.
Truck Accident FAQs
Who is liable in an 18-wheeler accident?
Determining liability in an 18-wheeler accident is often tricky because more than one party can play a part in causing the accident. The truck driver operating the 18-wheeler has the same duty to follow laws and safety procedures as every other driver on the road. Additionally, truck drivers must follow regulations created specifically for the industry. If a truck driver neglects to follow laws and regulations, they are at least partially responsible for the accident. Additionally, trucking companies that employee drivers are responsible for training and supervising drivers, making sure they know the rules and follow safety regulations. Trucking companies are also responsible for making sure the trucks themselves are operating properly. If the trucking company neglects these duties, they may also be liable for the damages of an accident.
What are a truck driver’s hours of service regulations?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency of the United States federal government that is responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of large commercial vehicles. The FMCSA created regulations that govern how long truck drivers are allowed to operate in a 24-hour period. These regulations are called the hours of service regulations. They were created to keep fatigued truck drivers from operating and threatening lives. The regulations state the following:
- Drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after a consecutive ten hours off-duty
- Drivers may not drive beyond 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14 hours
- Drivers may drive only if eight hours or less have passed since the end of a driver’s last off-duty or sleep period of at least 30 minutes.
- Drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
- Drivers must take at least eight consecutive hours to sleep, plus an additional two consecutive hours off-duty
How can you prove a truck driver went over their hours of service regulations?
18-wheelers have electronic control modules incorporated into their engine system. These control modules, also called black boxes, record data about the truck’s operation history, including time driven. Trucking companies also usually operate on a driver log system to keep track of deadlines and days of truck operation. With these two sources of information, it should be easy to tell if a driver was operating over their hours of service regulations. However, it is not uncommon for a trucking company to try to hide or falsify this information in an effort to distance themselves from accident liability. If you suspect that your 18-wheeler accident was caused by a fatigued driver, contact an attorney at the Sampson Law Firm as soon as possible.