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Truck Accidents

Truck Accidents

It may come as no surprise that trucking accidents occur frequently.  After all, trucking is a central industry in the United States and an integral part of commerce.  We see trucks every day, driving on our roads and highways to deliver goods all across the country.

Unfortunately, trucks are also very dangerous.  Large trucks can weigh over 5 tons, semi tractors with cargo can weigh up to 40 tons, and both can travel at speeds that are comparable to most cars.  As a result, trucking accidents can have devastating consequences.  In fact, approximately 10% of all those injured in large truck crash will die.  Statistics published by the Department of Transportation indicate that more than 500,000 trucking accident occur in the United States every year, and these accidents lead to more than 5,000 fatalities.

There are unique laws and regulations that are designed specifically to protect motorists from the negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies. Federal and state regulations require truckers to have adequate rest to prevent driver fatigue on the highway. There are also other specific rules for trucks, including proper loading of the materials the truck is carrying, safety rules on traveling speeds, and safety when passing other vehicles.  All truckers are required to keep logs of their time, and the trucking companies are required to keep records of equipment safety and driver hours.

The success of any serious truck accident case requires the immediate retention of trial attorneys who are highly experienced in successfully handling this type of claim. The attorneys at Flynn and Gottlieb have that experience, and can handle all types of trucking claims, including:


  • Truck driver negligence
    • Driver inattention and error
    • Driver fatigue
    • Driving under the influence
    • Traffic law violation
    • Failure to maintain equipment
    • Objects falling off of truck into roadway
  • Trucking company negligence
    • Tight delivery schedules
    • Failure to maintain equipment
    • Equipment malfunction
  • Dangerous roadway design
  • Negligent roadway construction

Our team understands the complexities that truck accidents entail, including both the legal and insurance matters. The best weapon for an individual seriously injured in a truck crash is a diligent trial attorney who will ensure that all the necessary evidence is obtained before that evidence disappears. Photographs of the scene showing wreckage, vehicle damage, skid marks, trucking company logs and the truck’s “black box” (allowing for reconstruction of the trucker’s actions just before the crash) all may become invaluable to proving negligence and causation. We seek to immediately preserve all the evidence, and routinely obtain accident reconstruction experts to determine fault.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.  Please contact one of the experienced attorneys at Flynn & Gottlieb immediately for a free consultation.