18 Wheeler Accidents Are Far More Dangerous

18-wheeler trucks are far more dangerous than smaller vehicles on the road. Drivers of commuter vehicles who are involved in an accident with heavy trucks are likely to suffer severe, debilitating injuries, including spinal cord, brain or death. The devastation that you can experience as a result of being involved in an 18-wheeler accident can be immense. It is important to be aware of the most common cause of 18-wheeler accident in order to have the best chance at avoiding becoming involved in a dangerous situation.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, some of the most common factors are:

  •     Speeding
  •     Distracted Driving
  •     Drunk Driving
  •     Traveling too fast for the road conditions
  •     Unfamiliarity with roadway
  •     Truck Driver Fatigue

Many of those factors are attributed to negligent and unsafe behavior on the part of the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the trucks or their parts, and/or the party responsible for maintaining the truck.  Unfortunately there is little that you can to do to avoid a reckless or careless truck driver.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) which governs interstate trucking operations.  The primary mission of the FMCSA is to prevent commercial motor vehicle related injuries and fatalities. For more information regarding the FMCSA please visit their website at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

The FMCSR has extensive regulations regarding the following areas; more are listed on their website:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Operation of trucks
  • Equipment standards
  • Maintenance standards
  • Minimum insurance requirements for commercial motor vehicles

Hopkins, Barvié & Hopkins, P.L.L.C. attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the above regulations and are prepared to fight the insurance company’s well experienced and aggressive lawyers regarding 18-wheeler accidents. Contact us online or call 228-864-2200 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer.

Our team at Hopkins, Barvié & Hopkins, P.L.L.C  handles all types of motor vehicle accidents including motorcycle accidents, boating accident, truck accidents and auto accidents. With more than 68 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys offer clients throughout Mississippi the representation they need.

To best meet the needs of our diverse client base, we speak Spanish. Los Abogados Hablan Espanol. 





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