Transcript: Laws and Regulations that Apply to Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies

June 9, 2016 | Crandall & Pera Law
Transcript: Laws and Regulations that Apply to Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies

Many people believe that a truck crash case is the same as a car crash case, but this simply isn't true. There are separate laws and regulations that apply to truck drivers and trucking companies. For instance, truck drivers are only allowed to be on the road for a certain period of time. And they're required to keep track of this time in a log. The law only requires trucking companies to keep track of these logs, or to maintain these logs, for a set period of time - as little as six months. In addition, trucking companies and insurance companies have teams of investigators that are on the scene of every trucking crash within hours of it occurring. As a result, if you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking crash, it's imperative that you seek legal representation as soon as possible.

Time Is of the Essence After a Commercial Truck Accident

Commercial truck accidents can be devastating to you and your family. Getting the compensation you deserve can offset mounting medical and other expenses and help your family get back to normal after a serious accident. However, trucking companies spend a great deal of time and money to protect their assets. For this reason, filing a claim for damages should be done as quickly as possible.

What's the rush?

Commercial trucking companies dispatch teams of investigators and accident reconstruction specialists after a wreck. By creating massive amounts of information, the lawyers employed by these large companies can create a narrative about the accident that often is only loosely based on the truth.

Information about an accident degrades quickly. Personal recollection is flawed after a trauma, which is why first responders attempt to collect information from coherent victims and uninjured bystanders. In addition, the law mandates that written or electronic logs be maintained for short periods of time, after which the truck company may legally destroy them. For these reasons, it is vital that seek you expert counsel as soon as possible after an accident.

Depending on your injuries, you may be unable to take pictures or make notes of anything at the scene of the accident. If you were rendered unconscious by the impact or experienced a concussion or more serious injury, recollecting the accident may be difficult or impossible. There is no substitute for experienced legal counsel after an accident, no matter how small.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced and compassionate Ohio and Kentucky commercial truck accident lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law can evaluate your case and help get you the compensation you deserve. Call 877. 651. 7764 for Kentucky, 877.686.8879 for Ohio, or contact us today for a free consultation.