Truck Accidents are our Business
Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The damages they cause when they impact another vehicle are devastating. Do not attempt to handle a trucking accident claim on your own.
Truck Accidents Can Cause Extensive Losses
Most trucking accident claims will contain several aspects of damages including medical bills, lost wages and future lost income. An experienced trucking accident attorney is essential to make the most of your claim so you can get back on the road to recovery and back to caring for the people you love.
The truck accident lawyers at the Schriever Law Firm understand how to most effectively represent truck accident victims so that they can recover the full amount of compensation possible in their claims.
Utah Truck Accident Lawyers
When a truck accident happens, your first concern is for the well-being of those involved. A commercial truck accident is complex and all too often devastating. It is important to know your legal rights and responsibilities. That is why you should hire an experienced truck accident attorney from the Schriever Law Firm. We can guide you to make the best decisions and make sure that you get every penny of compensation to which the law entitles you.
Why Choose Us?
Trucking accidents can be complex, especially when commercial trucks are involved. The damages caused by a negligent truck driver are serious and complicated. We can put your mind at ease that everything will be taken care of the right way.
You may be asking several questions.
- How are you going to get your car fixed?
- Who is going to pay for your medical bills?
- What are your rights?
- Is the insurance company treating you fairly?
We can give you the answers to these and other questions. You will find that we are compassionate, honest, and experienced. We will take care of all the legal issues so you can concentrate on what is most important: your health, your family, your job and recovery.
Do not let a trucking accident take control of your life. Leave the stress and worry to us. We will fight relentlessly to get you the most compensation available.
How Serious Are Trucking Accidents?
According to data produced by the federal government, there were 3,589 fatal accidents in 2015 that involved large trucks. That means nearly 10 people died every day in accidents caused or involving big trucks. Even more alarming, there were 83,000 injuries caused by accidents involving big trucks.
Why are there so many trucking accidents? Several factors contribute to this problem. Unfortunately, there is a lot of pressure on drivers to log miles and to be efficient. That fact, coupled with long hours on the road, leads to mistakes. In additiona, too many trucking companies fail to hire quality, professional drivers.
What to Expect from a Commercial Trucking Insurance Company?
Trucking insurance companies are ruthless. They will attempt to deny or minimize your claim. They will not treat your case the way you need to have it handles. They deal in numbers, and they do not care about the people who were injured in trucking accidents.
That is why it is so important for people to get an attorney on their side who knows and understands trucking laws and regulations. Do not talk to the insurance company or sign anything until you have spoken with us. Rember, your consultation is free and we do not collect any money from you until we have won your case.
What Safety Laws Apply to Big Trucks?
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) lays out the regulations and laws that all trucks must follow when traveling between states. This includes semi-trucks, commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds, hazardous materials (hazmat) trucks, tanker trucks, flatbeds trucks, buses, and more. The regulations take into consideration many safety factors, such as:
- Compliance – The law requires that every driver of a large truck or commercial vehilce be properly trained and licensed for the job.
- Medical Card – Truck drivers must prove their health is sufficient to be trusted with driving safely on our roads. Drivers who have medical conditions that compromise their ability to safely drive are not allowed on the road.
- Hours of service – Truck driver must follow strict rules about how many consecutive hours and consecutive days they can work without taking breaks to rest and sleep. These regulations are intended to prevent mistakes caused by fatigue.
- Intoxicated driving – Commercial drivers face stricter intoxicated driving laws than regular drivers, with a legal limit of 0.04 percent blood alcohol content (BAC)—compared to 0.08 percent in most states.
- Distracted driving – Commercial drivers who engage in text-based messaging or reading on a smartphone while driving violate the law. They also must follow strict rules regarding largely hands-free communications.
- Inspections – All drivers must peform vehicle and equipments inspections before driving and after driving. Trucking companies have a duty to inspect and maintain the trucks in its fleet.