Q. Which issues does a lawyer or firm investigate in trucking accidents?
A. An experienced trucking accident attorney will do more than just review the accident report. He or she will look at the truck driver's log and driving history, the truck company's maintenance records for that truck, national and state safety ratings, the trucking company's hiring, training and supervising practices. Additional steps, such as contacting witnesses and reconstructing the scene of the accident, may be taken when warranted.
Q. What is an "Hours of Service" violation?
Hours of service (HOS) is a federal regulation that limits a truck driver's driving time by requiring resting breaks and off-duty time for sleep. The HOS regulations are very strict yet many companies and drivers disregard them.
Q. If it's not operator- error, then what causes truck accidents?
A. Many things can contribute to a truck accident, but most of the time it is the tires, brakes, the safety hitch assembly or the truck's powertrain.
Q. Do truck drivers have the same standards as regular drivers when it comes to drug and alcohol use?
A. No. Truck drivers are held to tighter standards. It is illegal in North Carolina for any driver to operate a motor vehicle while impaired. The maximum blood alcohol concentration is .04 percent for truckers.
Q. Is it always the truck driver's fault?
A. No. Some crashes are caused by truck parts or systems that fail because they were not maintained, were poorly designed or manufactured. The owner of the truck is responsible for the breakdown and therefore the accident.
Q. Why do I need a lawyer?
A. You only stand to benefit if a trucking lawyer takes your case. This is because trucking accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, we don't get paid unless we win your case for you. We also understand the value of a settlement and know when to refuse a low offer. Remember, once you settle you cannot go back and get more money so it's important to understand what you are agreeing to.
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