Did you know that the Maine Motor Transport Association has been actively seeking trucking industry drivers and employees throughout the state? With more trucks, semi-trucks, and eighteen-wheelers expected throughout Maine in the coming years, understanding your legal rights if you are involved in a truck accident is essential.
Maine is one of five states forming the New England Transportation Consortium, and it subscribes to a common set of safety standards and procedures that regulate its interstate trucking industry. Maine requires all trucks, including certain pickup trucks, to register as commercial vehicles based on the weight and load of the truck and semitrailer drawn. Accordingly, if you have been injured in a trucking accident, you may have additional remedies against the truck driver, trucking company, and/or associated corporation if they failed to adhere to certain Maine commercial vehicle regulations.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, many trucking accidents are caused when a truck rolls over, and nearly half of these “rollovers” are caused by the following conditions:
Unlike traditional motor vehicle accidents, the weight differentials, design, and general wear of large trucks, semi-trucks, and eighteen-wheelers create the potential for accidents you may not otherwise anticipate.
Studies indicate that the majority of large truck crashes are caused as a result of excessive speed, distraction/inattention, and impairment due to fatigue, alcohol, or illness. Recognizing the impact chronic fatigue can have on high-risk truck crashes, federal regulatory agencies have reduced the legal weekly work limit for truck drivers from 85 to 70 hours per week in an attempt to reduce truck-related fatalities. However, if you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to take the following steps:
Due to extensive federal safety and insurance regulations, accidents involving commercial vehicles should not be categorized as general motor vehicle accidents. For example, a trucking company may be liable if the accident occurred after a driver worked 75 hours that week, but this would not be a basis for liability in general motor vehicle accident. If you have been involved in a truck accident, but sure to contact a Maine attorney with experience litigating truck accident cases.
We’ve all seen news stories about horrific truck accidents involving large semi-trucks, many of which were carrying cargo at the time of the crash. While dangerous, these are not the only types of trucks that can cause serious…READ MORE
Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.GET STARTED
With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.GET STARTED
n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED