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Truck Accidents Overview

U.S.A. Truck Driver Injury Attorney

An eighteen wheeler can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and travels at speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour. Because of the significant loads and speeds involved, truck accidents are often much more severe than car accidents. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), large trucks account for a disproportionately large number of the vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

Trucking Accidents are Different Than Car Accidents

Truck accident litigation is also more complex than the litigation of other motor vehicle claims. Though commercial trucks and tractor-trailers occupy the same roads and highways as cars, entirely different laws apply to their operation and maintenance. There are specific state and federal rules and regulations that govern the operation of large commercial trucks, the maintenance of these vehicles, and the qualifications of the drivers, among other things. Cases may involve multiple defendants in different states.

At Greenberg & Stone, we are well prepared for this challenge. Our team of respected and accomplished trucking accident lawyers and support staff has the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate, prepare and litigate a truck accident case. We have handled thousands of cases on behalf of injured clients throughout the United States. We handle cases involving many different types of trucks, — eighteen wheelers, delivery vans, straight trucks and tractor trailers — as well as other commercial vehicles, types of mass transit and recreational vehicles. Some common types of truck accidents we have been involved with include:

  • Jackknife accidents occur in all conditions, not just bad weather. If a truck driver applies brakes improperly, the trailer continues moving while the cab comes to a stop. The out-of-control trailer is nearly unstoppable. This is called “jackknifing.”
  • Underride accidents occur when trucks stop suddenly, causing the cars behind them to continue under the body of the trailer. To prevent underride accidents, trucks need proper lighting and reflective tape.

Determining the cause of the accident is also important, as driver fatigue, reckless driving, unsecured loads and poor maintenance are all often contributing causes to truck accidents.

Determining Who is at Fault

Each state has different comparative fault rules. Even if you feel that you were partially responsible for the accident, contacting an attorney is still a good idea. At Greenberg & Stone, we have represented people who have been ticketed for accidents, but were not completely necessarily at fault. These people still had rights that needed to be protected and received favorable settlements and jury verdicts.

To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a trial attorney, call 888-499-9700 or e-mail Greenberg & Stone We are headquartered in Florida and have the capability of handling cases nationwide through a network of associate law firms.

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