The trucking industry is a necessary and important part of commerce in West Virginia. However, there are inherent dangers associated with the trucking industry and these dangers are ever so present in West Virginia. The shear size of a large truck increases the danger of damage in the event of a collision, especially a collision with a car or smaller vehicle. The mountainous terrain and periodic inclement weather in West Virginia increase the risk of a large truck or tractor trailer being involved in a collision and causing injuries and damages.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a bus or large truck, there is hope. Congress recognized the inherent dangers of the trucking industry and in 2000 established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which focuses on reducing collisions, injuries and damages involving large trucks and buses in the United States. Trucking companies and their drivers are required to follow regulations created by FMCSA.
Often times, in the aftermath of a collision involving a large truck, it comes to light that the trucking company or the truck driver disobeyed one or more of the FMCSA regulations. Proving this disobedience is one of the major hurdles to overcome when bringing a suit against a truck driver or trucking company.
If you have suffered an injury through no fault of you own, but rather from a collision with a large truck, that truck driver and his employer should be liable for your damages, right? Unfortunately, it’s not always that simple. The trucking industry is no stranger to the courtroom and you can guarantee that they have experienced attorneys on their side. Trucking companies are constantly battling lawsuits because of the immense damages that result from collisions with large trucks. They will do what they can to conceal any wrongdoing on there part and absolve them of any liability. Therefore, it is essential to know what kind of information is needed to build a strong case and what avenues you can take to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered a loss due to a collision involving a large truck, you should contact a personal injury attorney that has experience with the commercial trucking industry and the FMCSA regulations. These regulations and the trucking industry in general are complex and an experienced attorney can help guide you down the difficult road to recovery.