The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while only 10,554 square miles, issues approximately 50,000 oversized vehicle permits each year. This means that you are likely to encounter a truck, semi-truck, eighteen-wheeler, or similar commercial vehicle every 5 miles while on Massachusetts’s roads. Accordingly, you should familiarize yourself with your unique rights if you have been involved in a Massachusetts truck accident. An experienced attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you of your legal rights.
Did you know that trucks and commercial vehicles traveling on I-90, one of Massachusetts’s major throughways, are subject to different permit, weight, and exit regulations than in other areas of the Commonwealth? Further, Massachusetts requires special hauling permits for oversized loads as well as private tunnel escorts. With such stringent regulations, you may have more options for legal recovery if you are involved in a truck accident than with traditional motor vehicle accidents.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, each year nearly 88,000 people are injured as a result of large truck crashes. Unlike traditional motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents differ in that many semi-trucks and eighteen-wheeler accidents are caused by “jackknifing,” which occurs when a truck and its trailer lose synchronization and fold into one another in an “L” of “V” shape. The most common cause of “jackknifing” is loss of traction between the road and either the tractor or trailer wheels. This can be caused by the following conditions:
Due to the differential weight distribution between a truck and its trailer or load, it is important to recognize the signs of a potential “jackknife” type accident when you are sharing the road with a truck, semi-truck, or eighteen-wheeler.
Tractor-trailer accidents can happen suddenly, and the shock may cause you to neglect certain essential actions. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to collect vital information at the scene, which includes the following:
It is important to remain calm, polite, and courteous at all times following an accident.
With nearly 50,000 different commercial vehicles on Massachusetts’s roads each year, all of which are subject to stringent local, state, and federal regulations, it is essential to contact an experienced truck accident attorney if you have been involved in an accident. Insurance regulations, road restrictions, and permit regulations that may change with each county and highway necessitate a law firm with experience handling truck accident litigation in the Commonwealth to ensure the best results for you.
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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