Trucking Accidents Destroy Lives
Tractor trailer trucks are much larger and heavier than the traditional passenger vehicle. Trucking accidents often lead to serious injuries and the loss of life. If you were in an accident with a big truck and the truck driver was at fault, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the trucking company to recover your damages.
Truckers have very specific federal transportation laws to adhere to. They must take breaks, can travel limited miles per day, and must maintain detailed logs that show the specifics of their journey. Commercial trucks are required to undergo regular inspections, routine maintenance must be performed, and the weight of the loads hauled are limited. If a truck driver is found to be in violation of any of the trucking regulations, he or she can face harsh penalties and the trucking company can be fined.
Gathering Supporting Documentation and Evidence
If you are involved in a crash with a semi, you should gather supporting evidence and documentation so you can pursue a claim against the at-fault party who is liable for your damages. You will need a copy of the accident report, statements from witnesses, medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, photos of any damages or injuries, and any other supporting evidence. If the trucker were in violation of any traffic regulations, that can also be used to help your claim because those violations could have been a contributing factor to the crash.
There is a statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury claim after a trucking accident, so you will need to get your accident injury claim underway before time runs out. A personal injury lawyer who handles trucking accident injury cases will be able to help you through the claims process and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the negotiations. If you have been in a trucking accident in the Portland-Vancouver area, contact Harlan Law Firm for a free case evaluation. We will help you determine the best way to proceed with your claim.