There are several main roadways used to transport goods across the state of Utah. Interstate 70 (I-70), Interstate 80 (I-80) and Interstate 15 (I-15) are among the most popular highways frequently traveled by semi-truck drivers and other commercial truck drivers. The volume of cars, trucks, and motorcycles on these roads can lead to excessive traffic and hazardous driving conditions, causing unfortunate accidents involving trucks. Due to the sheer size and weight of most trucks, truck accidents often result in serious, life-changing injuries and even wrongful death. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, a truck accident lawyer at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help. Serving clients throughout the state of Utah, we strive to help victims obtain compensation for their injuries and fight to secure payments for future medical bills and loss of quality of life. We encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our office by calling us at (801) 341-8424 or contacting us online to determine whether we are the best firm to represent your case.
Understanding Trucking Laws
Due to trucks' massive size and the extensive damage that they can cause, commercial trucks and their drivers are held to much stricter driving standards than traditional motorists. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, and the state of Utah implement strict regulations for these large vehicles and their drivers. Stipulations include drug and alcohol testing, pre-employment testing, and maximum driving times, among other laws.
We offer contingency based services and will not assess any fees until we collect compensation for your case.
Our lawyers are extremely familiar with these regulations and can help you dissect the law to protect your own rights. Similar to motor vehicle drivers, truck drivers are also expected to follow all traffic rules and take proper safety measures to prevent accidents.
Trucks may have trouble stopping quickly or experience accidents like rollovers, especially if the weight limit is breached.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are unfortunately far too common. According to the FMCSA, over 4,000 trucks and buses were involved in fatal car accidents in 2015 alone. At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, our attorneys have experience helping truck accident victims and their families obtain the compensation they are entitled to by determining the cause of a truck accident and whether negligence or recklessness was involved. There are many causes of truck accidents, including:
- Driver error
- Excessive speed
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improper truck loading and maintenance
- Driver inattention or fatigue
Our legal team knows where to look for evidence that reveals the underlying cause of the accident and establishes liability with the appropriate party. We are experienced in areas related to trucking accidents such as:
- Car vs. truck accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Truck driver error and fatigue
- Trucking maintenance
At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we can work with accident reconstruction experts and others in the field to compile evidence that supports your claim and helps you pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Liability for Trucking Accidents
The nature of trucking and the multiple parties involved in commercial trucking accidents make it difficult to determine who is liable for the accident. In these accidents, the liability could fall on:
- The trucking company
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The insurance company
In many cases, the trucking company may be at fault for the actions of the driver. Trucking companies are legally responsible for hiring, training, and employing their drivers under strict standards. To receive certification, truck drivers must also undergo special training and maintain their vehicles in good condition. Liability may be divided among these parties and we can help you hold each responsible one accountable.
Injuries Which Can Occur
Truck accidents are incredibly dangerous and can lead to devastating, life-changing injuries for all drivers involved. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of limb
- Catastrophic injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Hearing and vision loss
- Wrongful death
These injuries can affect your ability to work and participate in the everyday activities you once found joy in.
In addition to awards for the physical losses sustained in trucking accidents, we can help you secure compensation future medical costs and wages that will be lost as a result of your injuries. If you are the primary earner in your family, the injuries can permanently affect the financial stability of your loved ones. In some cases, catastrophic injuries require life-long rehabilitation or in-home care, and we can help you prove the extent of your injuries to secure the maximum compensation possible.
If the party at fault acted particularly recklessly, such as driving under the influence (DUI), we can also attempt to pursue punitive damages. These are meant to punish the responsible party for their reckless actions in addition to the monetary losses they caused.
Schedule a Consultation
If a trucking company or insurance company is offering you a settlement immediately following an accident, you should not accept their assistance. Instead, speak to one of our attorneys to learn more about your legal options and protect your rights. To help you secure the level of representation you deserve, we offer contingency based services and will not assess any fees until we collect compensation for your case. To schedule your consultation, call us at (801) 341-8424 or contact our legal team online.