18-Wheeler Collisions

A fully-loaded tractor-trailer truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.  A few seconds of distraction or inattention for a commercial truck driver can mean disaster for those in a smaller automobile nearby. 

12% of all traffic fatalities involve a commercial truck, and one out of every twenty-five traffic related injuries involves a commercial truck. The person in the passenger vehicle is almost always on the losing end with 86% of those killed in truck related accidents in the passenger vehicle.  Accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, paralysis and death. 

The O’Hara Law Firm provides experienced representation for people injured in commercial truck accidents.  The insurance company for the trucking company and driver will attempt to limit your compensation for your injuries.  The O’Hara Law Firm will fight on your behalf for just compensation. 

If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, contact me for a free consultation. Learn about your options today.

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Commercial Truck Regulations

Federal and state regulations govern commercial trucking companies and their drivers.  Federal regulations place restrictions on the maximum amount of hours that a truck driver may drive in a twenty-four hour period to prevent driving while fatigued.  In addition, drivers are required to rest for a minimum number of hours before driving again.  Federal law requires drivers to keep a log book which records driving and resting time. Truck accident attorneys understand these laws and will audit the records to determine if the truck driver complied with the regulations. 

Common causes of 18-wheeler truck accidents include:

  • Safety rule violations;
  • Fatigued driving;
  • Substandard truck maintenance;
  • Drug use or drunk driving;
  • Improper hiring of dangerous drivers; and
  • Driver negligence.