Traffic Accidents Involving Semi Trucks on State and U.S. Highways
In the United States, our National Highway System consists of approximately 160,000 miles of roads. These roads are managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is responsible for promoting safety, developing regulations and maintaining the highway system. Many state and local entities also play a significant role in governing and maintaining some highways.
Trucks Traveling on Major Highways in the United States
The National Highway System is critical to our nation’s economy and includes many different types of roadways and connectors, including our system of state and U.S. highways. Commercial trucks rely on the National Highway System to move goods across the country. With so many commercial trucks using our highways and rushing to make scheduled deliveries and stops, truck accidents and serious injuries occur all too frequently.
Some highways appear repeatedly in various lists of “most dangerous highways.” Popular candidates for this dubious honor include U.S. 550 in Colorado, U.S. 101 in Los Angeles, U.S. 17 in South Carolina and Florida’s U.S. 19. Highway 19 topped Dateline’s list of dangerous roads in 2005, which was compiled via a review of nationwide traffic accident statistics over a five-year period.
Legal Responsibility for Highway Accidents
Highways themselves sometimes contribute to truck accidents — or rather, those who have the responsibility for building, maintaining and repairing them do. Unmarked construction sites, nonstandard road grades, inadequate drainage, inadequate road traffic directional signs and other factors may contribute to highway accidents. In such cases, a government agency or private company may share legal responsibility for the accident. This means that the accident victims may include these entities as defendants in a claim for compensation. This is true of highway accidents and collisions on all other types of roads:
Seek Legal Advice After a Highway Accident
If you have been involved in a semi truck accident on one of our nation’s highways, securing legal representation is critical to protecting your interests. At Greenberg & Stone, we begin preparing for trial from day one.
Our attorneys act quickly to conduct a thorough and complete investigation. This often includes accessing any highway surveillance cameras that may have recorded the truck accident. These cameras operate on loops and must be collected before the truck accident is recorded over. Our Rapid Response Team also investigates the scene, talks with witnesses and prevents damage to crucial evidence.
Learn More About Greenberg & Stone
Greenberg & Stone is an AV-rated* law firm with a nationwide practice representing plaintiffs in truck accident cases. Our experienced trial lawyers have more than 60 years of collective experience using personal injury lawsuits to obtain justice for victims of serious accidents. To help our clients collect full and fair compensation for the harm caused by negligent truckers involved in highway accidents, we focus on the details and in effectively preparing and presenting your case to a jury. We build our approach around your needs.
At Greenberg & Stone, we understand the physical injuries and economic hardships experienced by victims of trucking accidents. Truck accident victims often face a long road to recovery. They can experience extended hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation. Many require prolonged medical support, including 24-hour nursing care. They may suffer memory problems and loss of independence as well as a host of new fears, depression and anxieties.
To learn more about our law firm, review our past notable cases or call us toll free at 888-499-9700. We are headquartered in Florida and represent injured clients nationwide through a network of associate law firms.
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