Vermont Truck Accident Attorneys

Did you know that approximately 61% of all fatal large truck crashes occur on rural roads, but that the majority of truck accidents occur during the day? Unfortunately, of those accidents that proved fatal, nearly 73% of fatalities were not large truck occupants. With the number of scenic rural roads in Vermont, it is important to recognize the potential for truck, semi-truck, and eighteen-wheeler accidents, especially when faced with New England winter weather conditions.

Commercial Vehicle Regulations in Vermont

Vermont is a member of the New England Transportation Consortium, which promotes uniform permit regulations for interstate travel between participating states. Vermont requires written notice be submitted to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles within 72 hours of a truck accident involving injury or property damage. Further, certain supplemental regulations apply under the following accident conditions:

  • The accident involves a truck with at least six tires on the road’s surface;
  • The commercial vehicle has a hazardous materials placard;
  • There are fatalities;
  • There are severe injuries at the scene, or
  • A vehicle has been towed from the scene.

Leading Causes of Vermont Truck Accidents

Annually, the United States trucking industry transports nearly 9.2 billion tons of freight, and nearly 70% of freight is carried by trucks, semi-trucks, and eighteen-wheelers. Whereas the driver of a common passenger vehicle seldom has to worry about the weight differential of her vehicle, truck drivers must constantly adjust their speed and brake pressure based upon the load being transported. Certain tractor-trailers and eighteen-wheelers have tires designed to bear heavy loads, and when the load is delivered and the trailer is too light, there is actually a greater danger that the truck will “jackknife.” If Vermont’s roads are slick with snow, and the truck’s load is light, too much brake pressure may cause the back tires to lose traction, and the truck and the trailer may fold into an unpredictable “L” or “V” shape.

Vermont Truck Accident Checklist

When faced with the potential of a truck accident on Vermont’s rural winter roads, it is important to take the following actions if a crash occurs:

  • Assess the scene for safety, and only exit your vehicle if temperature and weather conditions permit;
  • Call 911 immediately, and if you have no cell phone signal, determine whether it is safe to travel to the nearest available phone line;
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident unless necessary for your safety, and
  • Follow the instructions of law enforcement officials without admitting fault.

Also, be aware that federal regulations require certain commercial vehicles to carry fire extinguishers and safety equipment while on the road. A truck driver may be able to provide you with such equipment if necessary.

Contacting a Qualified Vermont Truck Accident Attorney is Essential after a Commercial Vehicle Accident

If you have been involved in a Vermont truck accident, it is important to contact a law firm with experience handling truck accident litigation. With Vermont’s specialized reporting requirements for commercial vehicle accidents, as well as its adherence to complex interstate coalition regulations, you may be sacrificing key recovery options if you consult an attorney without truck accident experience.


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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.




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.