If you have been hurt in an accident with a semi-truck or another large commercial vehicle, you may be wondering what type of attorney you should hire. Between personal injury lawyers, general civil litigation attorneys, and those who advertise themselves as car accident lawyers, finding the right lawyer for you can become confusing very quickly. Generally speaking, victims of commercial vehicle accidents should retain a lawyer who has experience representing people hurt in these types of wrecks. Some of the reasons for this are discussed below.
Commercial Vehicles Are Subject to Federal Regulation
Commercial trucks are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the regulations issued by the agency affect nearly every aspect of operating a commercial vehicle. For example, the rules require truck drivers to take a certain amount of time off after a shift and also regulate the placement of reflective material on a truck’s trailer. Any noncompliance with these rules may be sufficient to establish liability, so it is important for victims to retain an attorney who is familiar with these rules and can recognize a violation when it exists.
Commercial Truck Accident Cases Are Often Extremely Complicated
Motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles tend to be much more complicated than those that only involve privately owned vehicles, as many more parties could potentially be involved. Some of the parties that could be held liable in a commercial truck accident case include the following:
- The truck driver’s employer
- The owner of the cargo
- The company responsible for maintaining the truck
- The company responsible for loading the cargo onto the truck
- The truck manufacturer
- The manufacturer of trucking equipment
Due to the complicated nature of commercial vehicle accident litigation, it takes time for lawyers to gain the experience necessary to effectively represent people injured in these kinds of accidents. As a result, victims should always look for an attorney who has a track record of success helping people hurt by commercial trucks recover.
Contact Meldon Law Today for a Free Consultation With an Ocala Truck Accident Attorney
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can often result in significant injuries and other losses. If you have been involved in an accident with a big rig, semi-truck, tanker, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should speak to an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Ocala truck accident lawyers, call Meldon Law today at 800-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.