Anchorage Truck Accident Lawyer
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Were you injured in an accident with a semi, tanker truck, or another large commercial vehicle? Have you lost a loved one in such a collision? Now is the time to talk to an Anchorage truck accident attorney about your rights and options at this important juncture.
Filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a large trucking company can be complex and difficult, but with the proper resources and experience, an Anchorage personal injury attorney can help you seek fair compensation for the harm you have experienced. The legal team at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden is here to help.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a heavy truck, you need experienced counsel on your side. Call (866) 985-4224 or contact us online to discuss your truck accident case during a free consultation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
A truck accident may have one or more of many potential causes. Sometimes it takes multiple factors, such as heavy rain and a tired truck driver, for an accident to occur. Our Anchorage truck accident attorneys understand how to fully investigate these collisions to determine their true cause or causes and therefore what party should be held liable. The following are common potential truck accident causes and contributing factors:
- Truck driver negligence (driving while tired, drunk driving, distracted driving)
- Poorly maintained trucks or truck equipment (brake failure, poorly maintained truck)
- Improperly loaded trucks (imbalanced load, overloaded truck)
- Speeding (exceeding the speed limit, driving too fast for current conditions)
- Adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, fog, wind)
- Hazardous roads (potholes, missing street signs, broken traffic signals)
- Inexperienced truck driver (failed to look for motorists, took a turn too wide/narrow)
Commercial Truck Accident Liability
Because commercial trucking operations involve numerous parties, it is possible for truck accident liability to fall on multiple parties aside from the truck driver themselves. For example, if it is determined that your truck collision was caused by a cargo that spilled out of a truck, the loading company would likely be held liable. In the event your accident was caused by poorly designed or maintained roads, the local municipality may be determined to be at fault.
Our experienced personal injury lawyer understands the many potential factors that can lead to a commercial truck crash and how to conduct a thorough investigation to accurately determine the cause. We will help you ensure the correct party or parties are held accountable and that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?
Because trucks can be so dangerous to other vehicles on the road in the event of an accident, truck drivers are required to follow more regulations than other drivers. One of these commercial truck driver specific rules, are called the hours of service regulations. The purpose of these rules is primarily to prevent fatigued driving, a major cause of accidents for truckers. According to these rules:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours but can only drive for 11 hours of these hours. The remaining time must be spent on rest or meal breaks.
- After a workday, drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before beginning a new day of work
- Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals
Why Do I Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
Recovering enough compensation to cover your medical expenses and pain and suffering after a truck accident without an experience Anchorage personal injury lawyer on your side can be very difficult. Trucking companies are usually backed by top-tier law firms who are hired to protect their company’s assets, and in turn, keep you from recovering the compensation you deserve. The Anchorage personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Ben Crittenden are experienced in handling truck accident claims and will fight for your best interest every step of the way. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.
Truck Accident Injuries
Due to the massive size and weight of 18 wheelers and other heavy trucks, accidents sustained in such crashes tend to be especially devastating and deadly. Many truck accident injuries are classified as “catastrophic,” meaning they permanently affect the victim’s ability to hold a steady job. Injuries commonly sustained in truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries
Truck accidents may result in wrongful death as well. If you have lost a loved one in a heavy truck collision, please do not hesitate to reach out to learn how we can help you fight for just compensation.
Call Our Firm Today for Trusted Counsel
If a negligent truck driver or trucking company caused your accident, an Anchorage truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden can help you in the pursuit of justice and maximum financial compensation. You may be entitled to money for medical bills, loss of earnings, emotional trauma, and property damage to help you get your life back as close to normal as possible.