Some of the most devastating highway accidents are those in which a truck is involved. You may recall news reports last year of 7 family members killed when a semi hit their van on the Indiana Toll Road east of South Bend.
Statistics show that although large trucks are involved in only a small percentage of traffic accidents, the combination of high speed and the impact of a truck weighing 10 or more tons can often result in fatalities. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2006, accidents involving large trucks caused injury to more than 100,000 people and claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 more.
Finding out what went wrong and exactly who is responsible is far more complicated than in a typical auto accident. Responsibility may fall on any of the following parties:
The trucking industry is governed by federal law, and is monitored by a variety of federal and state agencies. Familiarity with all of the regulations is key to winning your case. Truck accident cases generally require the assistance of a lawyer with expertise and knowledge of the industry. Call our office today for a consultation.