Commercial Trucking Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established strict regulations for trucking companies and commercial drivers to abide by. These regulations include a federal ban on the use of cellphones by truckers and limited driving hours each day. However, many commercial drivers and their employers continue to disregard these rules, putting others' lives at risk.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you can trust that the attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers will do everything possible to hold these parties accountable and get you the maximum compensation available.Identifying the Cause of Your Accident
While some traffic collisions are truly unforeseen, many trucking accidents are the result of actions on the part of either the driver or the trucking company. These include:
- Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver fatigue caused by too many hours on the road
- Exceeding the speed limit or driving recklessly
- Loads that exceed weight, height and length guidelines
- Lack of regular vehicle maintenance
Additionally, a tractor-trailer may have lost its ability to function properly, due to a defective part or a system failure.Determining Liability
There are several parties who may have acted negligently, contributing to your accident. Our personal injury law team will work diligently with you to uncover the circumstances surrounding your accident by conducting an investigation. During our investigation, we will look at the driver of the truck, the trucking company, the company responsible for the mechanical soundness of the semi and any other company or person connected to the accident.
Our injury lawyers also use a variety of highly qualified experts for our trucking accident cases. Depending on your case, we may need an accident reconstruction specialist, an expert familiar with commercial trucking rules and regulations, and even a mechanical expert to determine whether the truck was appropriately maintained and used. Medical experts are also required to provide a thorough analysis of the injuries sustained. Lastly, an economist may be required if there are lost wages or other extensive economic losses. Having highly qualified and experienced experts is critical to ensure that we put forth the strongest case possible and maximize your chance for full and fair compensation.A Track Record of Proven Success
We have extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the trucking industry. We have built a reputation for achieving successful outcomes as you can tell on our results page. We have six offices throughout Upstate New York, including Syracuse, Oswego and Watertown. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation by calling 315-479-9000 or by submitting your information through our online form.