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Commercial Trucking Accidents

Skilled Arkansas Truck Accident Lawyers

The obvious size and weight differences between massive trucks and passenger vehicles can lead to serious injuries or even wrongful death for other drivers and passengers on the road. Truck drivers and their parent companies are governed by a strict set of federal and state regulations and carry large insurance policies on their vehicles and drivers. When they fail to abide by the rules of the road and cause injury to others, they should be held fully responsible for their actions.

At Easley & Houseal, PLLC, our St. Francis truck accident attorneys work hard on your behalf. Contact us today for help with filing your claim.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Mistakes made by inexperienced drivers
  • Drivers who are too tired or distracted
  • Drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road
  • Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or any type of drug
  • Mechanical failure or improperly taken care of vehicles

Truck Driver Regulations

Because truck accidents are capable of causing so much damage to other vehicles on the road, trucker drivers and their companies are heavily regulated by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has many regulations, one of these is called the hours of service regulations which specifies when and how long truck drivers can be on the road and when they must rest. The hours of service regulations are as followed:

  • Truckers can work up to a 14-hour day, however, in this 14-hour time period they can only drive for 11 of these hours. The remaining three hours must be spent on meal or rest breaks.

  • After the 14-hour workday limit is reached, drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before returning to work.

  • Truckers also must take days off work at regular intervals. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a driver is only allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. Likewise, if a trucking company is open less than seven days a week than a driver is only allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.

Sometimes trucking companies and their drivers simply break these rules, in rare circumstances, these regulations are modified in times of national emergency, in order to help get supplies where they need to go faster, such as in the recent COVID-19 crisis. No matter the case, the result is the same, tired truck drivers on the road and more accidents. If you have been injured in an accident by a tired trucker call our office today!

Battle Big Trucking Companies & Their Insurance Providers

Unfortunately, because the injuries suffered by victims are generally catastrophic, trucking and insurance companies often do everything in their power to either minimize the amount of your compensation or even manufacture allegations of fault against you to deny your claim. From claims of improper passing, blind-spot riding, cutting off trucks, and more, there are a variety of false accusations that may lead you to lose a case you deserved to win.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury at the hands of a negligent or reckless truck driver, you should not have to bear the financial burden of damaged property, lost wages, and exorbitant medical and rehabilitation expenses. This is exactly why retaining the services of experienced St. Francis County truck accident attorneys should be your top priority. Our firm is here to help you fight for the just outcome you deserve!

Liability and Your Truck Accident

Determining who is liable for a truck accident can take some amount of investigation as there are many possible parties who can be held liable, sometimes more than one party can be found responsible for an accident. The parties most often found responsible are the trucking company, the truck driver, and the truck manufacturer. The trucking company is found liable more often than not. One of the reasons for this is that trucking companies are often caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help save their company time and money.

If, however, an accident was caused by the negligence of a trucker, such as drinking and driving or driving while distracted, they may be held liable for an accident. Lastly if an accident was caused by a manufacturing defect the manufacturer of the truck may be held responsible. No matter the reason for your accident, our firm is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and has the skill and knowledge to identify the appropriate party who can be held responsible for your injuries.

Our Firm Helps Create a Strong Case on Your Behalf

From the moment that we take on your case, our team at Easley & Houseal, PLLC reviews all applicable trucking laws and regulations as well as investigates and recreates the accident scene, determines the state of the driver when the incident occurred, and collects any other evidence that will strengthen your claim. Our goal is to give the trucking companies and their insurance providers no choice but to provide you with the fair compensation you deserve.

Call us now at (870) 330-0015 or fill out our contact form for your free case consultation!