Although Rhode Island has a comparatively low truck accident fatality rate compared to the national average, as a percentage of total fatalities, alcohol-related accidents in Rhode Island have exceeded the national average for the past five statistical years. Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of large trucking accidents nationally is alcohol-related impairment.
Nicknamed the “Ocean State,” Rhode Island has a complex system of bridges that necessitate meticulous regulation of the trucking industry. The number and weight of a truck, semi-truck, or eighteen-wheeler’s axles determines the availability of certain municipal bridge routes. For example, certain bridges are open only to two-axle vehicles, while others can accommodate up to four-axle vehicles but not five. As navigation around Rhode Island’s waterways can prove difficult for interstate truck drivers, if you have been involved in a truck accident it is important to contact an experienced Rhode Island truck accident attorney to determine whether a truck driver or trucking company complied with all Rhode Island specific regulations.
Due to the stressful nature of the trucking industry, which can require long workweeks in difficult traffic conditions, truck driver impairment due to fatigue, illness, and/or intoxication is a leading cause of truck accidents in the United States. One way in which truck accidents can differ from traditional motor vehicle accidents is when a truck driver, due to fatigue, begins to swerve, and upon catching himself, overcompensates his corrective maneuver. When a tractor-trailer overcompensates, however, it can cause the truck to quickly “jackknife” in an unexpected “L” or “V” shape, which may block additional lanes of traffic and cause non-traditional motor vehicle accidents. A jackknifed trailer can cause damage and injury to any cars or motorists in its path.
If you are involved in a collision with a truck, semi-truck, or eighteen-wheeler, it is important to remain calm and courteous but also protect your rights and identity. If a fellow driver requests your information, provide only the following:
As the victim of a truck accident, do not let your legal remedies be overlooked by an attorney who does not understand Rhode Island’s complex commercial vehicle regulations. In addition to stringent federal insurance and workweek requirements, there are a plethora of federal, state, and local laws applicable to your truck accident case. These cases can involve extensive investigation and evidence, so having an experienced truck accident lawyer is essential. Contact a Rhode Island truck accident attorney to discuss your Ocean State claims.
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