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Understanding Tractor Trailer Accidents

It is often the case that an accident involving a tractor-trailer can have significantly different outcomes than a typical accident involving two automobiles. It is important to understand the differences when tractor trailers or trucks are involved so you are fully prepared if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Important Differences

  • An accident with a truck or tractor trailer can lead to more serious injuries, with you and your passengers at a much higher risk of pain and suffering. Because these types of injuries can be much more severe, it is very important to consult with a law firm that is experienced and successful in handling these types of cases.
  • Trucking companies are held to very stringent regulations regarding their drivers, and there are special laws designed to ensure that the companies follow these safety regulations. Drivers are required to maintain a commercial driver’s license, and according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, there is a limit on the number of hours a driver can drive during a given week. All drivers are obligated to maintain accurate drivers’ logs, which trucking companies must keep for a specified period of time. Drivers are also required to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing to ensure they are adhering to the prescribed safety regulations.

Failure to adhere to these regulations can often be the underlying cause of a tractor-trailer accident, which is why it is imperative that you seek representation that is qualified to handle these types of accidents. It is important to obtain the company’s records in a timely fashion in order to have the necessary evidence to pursue a case successfully.

Not only has Caputo and Mariotti successfully handled a multitude of cases involving trucks and tractor trailers, but Attorney Mariotti has gone so far as to obtain a Class A CDL to expand his understanding of everything required by a driver under the special laws and regulations.  Mr. Mariotti has had practical driving experience with commercial trucks as far back as 1983.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being involved in an automobile accident, and especially one involving a tractor trailer, be sure to contact Caputo and Mariotti today to set up a free consultation. Let our extensive experience in dealing with these types of cases give you the protection that you deserve.

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