Pursuing maximum recovery for your injuries
You have the right to be safe while traveling on North Dakota roadways. You also have the right to expect trucking companies to put safety first. When trucking companies and truck drivers put profit before their legal duty to safely transport goods through the area, you have the right to compensation when negligence causes you injury.
At the Larson Law Firm, P.C., our North Dakota tractor trailer accident lawyers have more than 30 years experience representing injured victims and their families. Our representation has led to numerous verdicts and settlements against negligent trucking companies, truck leasors and truck drivers. While financial recovery cannot restore the peace you had before being hurt in an accident, it can help you receive the financial compensation you need to pay the often extensive medical expenses related to these injuries and to make up for lost income that you incurred due to the accident. Having the legal aspect of your claim taken care of allows you to focus on recovery.
Dangerous aspects of tractor trailers
Accidents involving tractor trailers are often much more serious than other types of motor vehicle accidents. This is due to several factors, including:
- Size: Some tractor trailers weigh up to 80,000 pounds while the average passenger car is closer to 5,000 pounds. This makes the passenger vehicle no match for the much heavier one.
- Difficulty maneuvering: Moments before an accident, a driver of a passenger vehicle might be able to mitigate the seriousness of an accident by swerving, braking or even accelerating. However, tractor trailers take more time to maneuver, so truck drivers have greater difficulty when trying to avoid hazards.
- Difficulty braking: Due to their larger size, it often takes tractor trailers 350 feet to come to a complete stop when they are traveling 60 miles per hour. If they are going faster, even more distance is needed to make a complete stop. The more likely scenario is that the impact occurs at a higher speed.
- Aggressive driving: Many truckers speed in order to carry loads faster from one area to the next. This allows truck drivers to make more money. They may also engage in other forms of aggressive driving, such as frequent lane changes.
- Dangerous cargo: Commercial vehicles often carry dangerous cargo, including flammable cargo, large logs or materials that can become shrapnel in the event of an accident.
Truck driving regulations
Recognizing these dangers, federal and state governments impose several regulations on trucking companies and drivers, including:
- Licensing requirements: Before a driver can legally operate a commercial vehicle, he or she must pass a test related to the proper operation of the vehicle. If a truck driver violates safety regulations, he or she may lose this license. Drivers must also pass a drug test and a physical exam to ensure that they are physically fit to drive the vehicle.
- Log books: Truck drivers must keep a log book that records important data, such as the number of hours that they drive each day, their rest breaks, dates regarding when they picked up their load and the expected date of delivery.
- Hours of service regulations: Federal regulations restrict the amount of hours that truck drivers can work. These regulations ensure that drivers have adequate amounts of rest so that they do not suffer from driver fatigue and put other motorists at risk.
Our North Dakota 18 wheeler accident attorneys thoroughly research the cause of the accident, and if the truck driver and trucking company were violating any state or federal regulations at the time of the accident. We use this information to bolster the strength of your case and ensure maximum recovery.
Schedule a no-risk consultation with an experienced North Dakota tractor trailer lawyer today
At the Larson Law Firm P.C., we believe in aggressively representing our clients’ interests and helping to prevent future injuries. Contact our North Dakota tractor trailer crash attorneys online, or call 701-484-HURT to schedule a free initial consultation and case review.