Questions about Truck Accidents

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When should I talk to an attorney about a truck accident?

If you were involved in a truck accident in which you or a loved one suffered personal injury, you should talk to an attorney to make sure you understand the full potential impact of your injuries in terms of ongoing medical bills, missed work, and future complications.

You should also talk to an attorney before accepting any settlement from the trucking company. The more “generous” the settlement seems, the more suspicious you should be.

What should I do at the scene of a truck accident?

Make sure you get all relevant documentation about the truck. Get information about the driver (CDL and insurance) and the trucking company he works for. Also make sure you get all the identifying information on the cab and the trailer. And don’t forget to ask about the cargo. In addition, follow all this advice: what to do at the scene of a car accident.

What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Unfortunately, the cause of many trucking accidents is negligence on the part of the driver or the trucking company, including:

  • Driver had little training or experience
  • Driver under influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Aggressive driving behavior (such as excessive speed)
  • Failure to yield
  • Driver fatigue

Sadly, in many cases, trucking companies knew about potential problems and did nothing. Trucks that failed inspection are put back on the road, drivers with dangerous records are hired either knowingly or with no background check, and drivers are encouraged to stay on the road longer than recommended.

Don’t federal and state laws punish trucking companies that put people at risk?

Sometimes. There are penalties for truckers and trucking companies that violate federal and state regulations, but often these regulations are written in whole or in part by trucking company lobbyists. For example, from 2000-2008, trucking company lobbyists kept rules on the books that allowed truckers to be on the road for 77 hours every 8 days. And although every truck has been required to be built with inhibitor since 1992, lobbying by the trucking injury has ensured no one is required to use them.

Because of this, it is up to people who are injured to step forward and hold trucking companies responsible for the injuries caused by their negligence.

Why Should I choose Herbert Thornbury for my truck accident lawsuit?

Herbert Thornbury has been helping people in the Chattanooga area with legal problems since 1973. His diverse legal experience allows him to see legal problems from many angles and find solutions other lawyers might not see. 

To learn more about your legal rights after a truck accident, please contact Herbert Thornbury, Attorney at Law today for free initial consultation.