Semi Truck Accidents

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$2,300,000 - wrongful acts of municipality $400,000 - breach of contract $250,000 negligent motorist $170,000 - run over by a drunk driver $80,000 - car collision shoulder injury $80,000 knee injury

Accidents involving over-the-road trucks (a.k.a. semi-trailers, tractor trailers, big rigs or 18-wheelers) are among the most serious and catastrophic in the United States. Truck accident litigation involves claims against negligent truck drivers and their employers.

Truck accidents often occur because of overweight freight, driver fatigue, excess speed, and substance abuse. Truck drivers also do not enjoy the same level of visibility and quick maneuverability as smaller vehicles, and these factors also contribute to many trucking accidents.

From a legal perspective, a semi truck accident in Minnesota is different than a car accident. Trucking companies and their drivers have strict state and federal regulations they must follow regarding log books, time sheets and other criteria. These records may be crucial to a claim based on the driver’s fatigue or lack of alertness.

Semi-trucks are also required to carry higher amounts of insurance coverage, and the drivers must meet higher safety standards than other vehicle drivers. In addition, over-the-road trucks travel in interstate commerce and are subject to many federal regulations that don’t apply to other vehicles. Trucking companies are also responsible for performing background checks prior to hiring drivers and they must periodically evaluate existing employees. Truck drivers are also subject to limits on the number of hours that they can drive on a given day, and are subject to random testing for drugs and alcohol and even further testing in the event of an accident. Violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Act can also provide the basis for establishing fault on the part of the trucking company and the driver.

If you’ve been injured in a semi truck accident, our Personal Injury Lawyers - Attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve to get your life back. Please call our us now at 612.339.3852 for a free consultation.

 

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Rick L. Petry - Injury Attorney
Petry Law, PA.
Adress: 301 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 378N
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Phone: (612) 387-7229
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