Many of the same laws that apply to automobile accidents also apply when the wreck is caused by a commercial vehicle such as a large truck. However, the injuries sustained when the wreck is caused by a large truck are often more devastating and catastrophic in nature. Simply put, it doesn’t take an expert to conclude that a four-door sedan will not fare well in a collision with a large truck.
Large trucks are responsible for a disproportionate percentage of injuries and deaths that occur on our roads and highways. Given how dangerous trucks can be, trucking companies involved in interstate commerce are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (in addition to standard traffic rules) to protect the public and prevent harm. The responsibilities of trucking companies include (but are not limited to) hiring qualified drivers, training/supervising their drivers, keeping their vehicles in safe condition, inspecting/repairing/maintaining their vehicles (including the brakes) and ensuring their drivers are capable of safely operating their vehicles (which includes not being overly fatigued/tired).
Cases involving wrecks caused by commercial trucks are more complex and usually involve more serious injuries than accidents involving passenger vehicles. As such, it is critical that the lawyer handling your trucking accident case has a strong understanding and command of both the Federal and State Laws that may apply to your case.
If you, a loved one or a member of your community has been injured due to the negligent acts of a truck or commercial vehicle, please do not hesitate to call FARELLA MASCOLO PLLC at 212-287-1277 for a free consultation.
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