Trucks and Trucking Accidents

Trucks and Trucking Accidents

Thousands of medium and heavy trucks travel more than 200 million miles and carry over 7 billion tons of freight in the United States every year. With that many trucks on the road, there are bound to be trucking accidents. It is surprising how few law firms actually specialize in accidents involving trucks and the trucking. At Mann & Maximon, LLC, we know trucks and trucking whether it be tractors, trailers, straight trucks, box trucks, bobtails, big rigs or small. We handle them all. We know about dangerous operators and dangerous driving and all of the federal regulations regarding their use and operation. In order to properly handle a trucking case, a lawyer needs to know about all aspects of the trucking industry including:

  • Truck design
  • Truck mechanics
  • Braking systems
  • Wheels and tires
  • Professional Driver Requirements
  • Pre-trip Inspections
  • Driving skills
  • Federal Motor Carrier Regulations

Unlike automobiles, trucks are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. All trucks and truckers are required to know and comply with these rules. If a trucker is involved in an accident, it is essential to analyze whether or not they complied with the regulations. At Mann & Maximon, LLC, we have the specialized knowledge to properly handle a trucking case. From accident reconstructions to carrier regulation compliance, we have the tools to do the job. If you are involved in an accident involving a truck, it is important to have the case investigated as soon as possible. Here is what to do immediately after an accident:

  1. Do not move the vehicles and call the police;
  2. If you are hurt, call for an ambulance;
  3. If possible, obtain witness information, sometimes witnesses leave before the police arrive;
  4. Do not discuss with anybody other than the authorities;
  5. Take photographs at the scene, if you have a camera, or later if possible;
  6. Obtain follow up medical treatment for any injuries;
  7. Call an attorney for further advice;

If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident call Mann & Maximon at your earliest convenience.

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