In 2015, there were approximately 12,000 accidents in Michigan involving heavy trucks or buses that killed 85 people in injured many more. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are no match for passenger vehicles should an accident occur. Michigan and the federal government are aware of how dangerous 18-wheelers can be and require that trucks follow regulations to make the road safer.
When trucks fail to comply with these regulations, accidents occur. If you have been in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you are entitled to money damages to address your injuries.
Truck regulations play a part in 18-wheeler accident claims because they can be used to show negligence on the part of the driver, truck company, truck mechanic, or part manufacturer.
Trucks in Michigan may be regulated by federal or state law, depending on the case. Both sets of regulations are similar and concern:
Some truck accidents happen because of the driver. For example, the driver may be fatigued or is not giving his full attention to driving. A driver may not have properly secured his load or inspected the condition of his tires.
Other accidents could be caused by truck companies who do not properly maintain their fleet or by a manufacturer of a truck part with a defect.
These actions cause accidents such as:
If you get hit by a tractor-trailer, one of the most important things you can do is to not admit fault. Do not discuss the accident with the other people involved. When speaking to police, speak only in terms of facts.
The other important step you should take is to get appropriate medical treatment. If you are in doubt about the extent of your injuries, it is best to call an ambulance and seek medical care. Also, be aware that many injuries, including mental or emotional injury, can arise days and weeks after the accident.
A Michigan truck accident lawyer is a valuable tool in getting compensation following your accident. He or she will have full knowledge of the many regulations trucks are bound to follow under the law, and he or she will have the skills to investigate the people responsible for your accident. An experienced truck accident attorney will know how much a judge or jury will likely award you for your injuries and not accept less from an insurance settlement offer.
A skilled truck accident lawyer will take your case to trial if the insurance companies do not offer a fair settlement. A trial can last days and include many expert witnesses that will be needed to prove your case. You should pick a lawyer who you feel confident will represent your interests during this crucial process.
Contact one of the skilled trucking accident attorneys listed on this website to schedule a free initial consultation.
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