Driving a truck is not only hard work, it’s dangerous too. When you consider that a truck and trailer can weigh anywhere from 35,000 pounds up to 80,000 pounds, you realize that accidents involving these behemoths of the road can be pretty serious.
And when you also consider the tight schedules may trucking companies impose and the number of hours truck drivers can work, you will also realize that the potential for a serious vehicle accident is very high. If you’re involved in an accident involving trucks, tractors, trailers, etc., what happens next and how are accidents involving commercial trucks dealt with?
While trucking accident cases are dealt with in the same way as car accidents under Michigan’s no-fault law, there are some differences in how laws and regulations apply. Trucks are governed by sets of laws at both state and federal level which can make dealing with a case that involves a commercial vehicle a lot more complicated.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is very involved in monitoring and analysis of the trucking industry and in bringing in new regulations and safety programs to improve the industry as a whole. They are also responsible for developing and improving the licensing of truck drivers and for much of the material that is adopted as national laws in this area.
Many parts of the national laws have been adopted by The Michigan Department of Public Safety so these will apply to all trucking companies based in or operating in Michigan. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now requires all commercial trucks to have a back box installed. This makes accident investigation far more efficient as these boxes record many relevant details.
Liability is an area where truck accidents differ greatly from car accidents. Whereas an accident involving only cars will have limited options of liability, with a semi truck accident or similar, that liability can get very complicated and will require the services of a competent truck accident attorney.
Liability can extend to more than one party and can include the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the shipper or broker of the load, and suppliers of parts for the truck.
Given their sheer size and weight, accidents involving trucks can cause devastating injuries, severe property damage, and even wrongful death. If you have been injured in a Michigan truck accident, you want a law firm who will fully represent you and obtain an award that covers all your medical expenses as well as compensating you for any pain and suffering.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. are the leading Michigan truck accident lawyers with the experience and knowledge to successfully pursue your claim. We offer a free initial appointment that you can book today by calling (866)-466-9912. We also never charge a fee unless we win your case.
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