Truck accidents can be devastating. Eighteen-wheelers, big-rigs and other trucks are massive vehicles. When they crash, jackknife, roll over or lose a wheel, everyone on the road is in danger. For this reason, trucking companies and truck drivers are held to high standards and must follow a wide variety of safety regulations.
Every aspect of the trucking industry is heavily regulated for your safety in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Drivers may only work a limited number of hours without a break and must keep all of their hours in a log. Safety checks must be performed constantly and trucking companies must be diligent about maintenance.
Trucks must be loaded in certain ways and only up to legally allowed weights. Some of the problems that typically cause accidents include:
Proof of any mistake or violation by a driver, trucking company or other party is strong evidence that can help you recover if you have been hurt in a truck crash or a wheel-off (wheel separation) accident.
In New York State, adult truck wreck victims have three years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit. Unfortunately, the law places a shorter time limit of two years on families who wish to file a suit for a wrongful death in a tractor trailer accident.