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National Truck Accident Attorneys

Truck companies are in the business to make money, which means getting shipments delivered on time. To increase profit, companies often place an emphasis on speed over safety, which leaves motorists unnecessarily vulnerable and at risk of serious injury or death. At The Carlson Law Firm, our attorneys have successfully handled countless personal injury claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers, and are well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations that may affect your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation if you were involved in a crash with a commercial truck.

Accidents involving large trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles are more likely to result in catastrophic injury or loss of life. Insurance companies and trucking companies fight hard to limit payout to victims of a large truck accident. There are many types of negligence that can cause fatal trucking accidents, including:

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    FATIGUE

    Truck drivers are under strict guidelines that regulate hours of service and amount of sleep required. But the pressure to meet deadlines or a misjudgment of fatigue level often leads to serious accidents.

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    SPEEDING

    Because trucks maneuver, accelerate and decelerate differently than cars, they are more difficult to control, especially at high speeds. Speeding behind the wheel of a truck is an inexcusably negligent and illegal act.

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    DRUG/ALCOHOL ABUSE

    Operating a truck under the influence of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs can lead to catastrophic consequences on the road.

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    POOR MAINTENANCE

    Poor maintenance can lead to dangerous events such as tire blowouts, defective steering, jackknifing, improper trailer attachment, transmission failure and more.

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    EQUIPMENT FAILURE

    Defective brakes, tires, design errors and failure to install object detection systems are just a few examples of the various equipment failures that may lead to serious injury or death.

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    INEXPERIENCE

    The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration includes several regulations regarding the training and testing of commercial truck drivers. However, these regulations are not always adhered to.