When we travel in our cars or other light passenger vehicles, we are obligated to follow the rules of the road. So are the big trucks that share the roads with us, although they are required to meet many more regulations than those of us in smaller vehicles. That’s because driving a semi-tractor-trailer is much more complicated than driving a car. It’s an important distinction to know if you are unfortunate to be involved in an accident with a truck.
Because of the size of trucks, accidents involving them are more likely to cause serious injuries or death, as well as more extensive property damage. That’s why federal and state regulations for big trucks require each motor carrier company to follow provisions on such matters as driver qualifications, financial responsibility, inspections, repair, maintenance and testing for drugs and alcohol. It’s also why each state also requires every truck driver to carry a valid Commercial Driver’s License showing the driver knows how to operate the vehicle safely in all conditions and terrain, including the hills and mountains of West Virginia.
Despite such precautions, things still go wrong and accidents occur. Sometimes that happens when companies push too hard for drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines that cause them to drive too fast or too long.
Accidents involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than those involving four-wheeled vehicles. So if you have been involved in an accident with a truck, you should get legal representation from someone experienced in the intricacies of cases involving the laws and regulations of the trucking industry. Consider calling leaders in the field, such as Stewart Bell, PLLC, of Charleston, which has successfully represented many people in cases of accidents involving trucks. The initial consultation is free, and Stewart Bell, PLLC, gets paid only if the case is successful. More information is available toll-free at 800-342-1701.