Interstate trucking moves a massive amount of freight in our country, and Pennsylvania roadways are populated with large commercial trucks on a daily basis. When cars share the road with huge semi-trucks, collisions between the two are inevitable - and a nightmare. The occupants of the smaller vehicle suffer far greater trauma, including catastrophic and fatal injuries. If you or a family member have been involved in a trucking accident, expert legal counsel can be invaluable at this time. Retaining an interstate trucking accident lawyer at the Scranton-based Foley Law Firm gives you a dedicated advocate who understands the complex federal regulations pertaining to interstate trucking. Victims of commercial trucking negligence deserve full compensation for losses. For a free consultation and evaluation of your accident, contact us today.
About Interstate Trucking Laws
The interstate trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Strict rules and regulations govern truck drivers and their employers, sometimes called motor carriers. Truck drivers are held to high safety standards, and are expected to be healthy, alert, well-rested, and drug- and alcohol-free.
All commercial drivers are specially trained and must past a certification test. They are limited to a certain number of hours on the road, with designated rest breaks. They are absolutely prohibited from texting or talking into hand-held cell phones, and even many prescription drugs and cough syrups are not allowed.
A motor carrier employing a truck driver is potentially liable for his or her negligent actions. The motor carrier is responsible for hiring and training standards, and ensuring drivers have reasonable delivery deadlines. The trucks must be well maintained and the cargo properly loaded and secured, with additional regulations for toxic and flammable freight.
Commercial Trucking Accidents
Despite government regulations, safety violations occur with regularity in the trucking industry. Some drivers are stressed and fatigued, pressured to deliver goods as soon as possible. When a truck driver causes an accident with a smaller vehicle due to excessive speed or inattention, innocent victims pay the price. Statistics show an automobile driver or passenger is two to three times more likely to die in a traffic accident when a commercial truck is involved. Injuries are often catastrophic, including traumatic brain and spinal injuries.
Numerous insurance and loss prevention representatives can be involved in interstate truck accidents, and victims and their families can quickly get caught in their web. Our experienced attorneys handle the situation for you, greatly limiting your contact with these personnel. We will thoroughly investigate your case, ensuring liability is traced to all negligent parties. After decades of effectively representing plaintiffs in these cases, Foley Law Firm has an excellent reputation for getting things done right.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
We prefer to even the playing field against large corporations and insurance companies, so our legal services are provided to clients on a contingency basis. This means you pay us nothing until we secure a settlement or jury award for you. In trucking accidents, it is important to move quickly, since safety violations records can be discarded after six months. Contact Foley Law Firm today for a free consultation.