1. What are common causes of truck accidents?
There are a number of truck driving practices that can contribute to a truck accident. The Ohio truck accident lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy have experience investigating a variety of truck accidents.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Unsafe Driving Practices
Speeding, erratic driving, distracted driving, following too closely, failure to yield, etc.
- Improper Maintenance
Driving beyond maintenance limits, failure to adhere to standards for safe driving and maintenance practices, failure to pass vehicle inspections
- Violation of Hours of Service (HOS) Requirements
Driving too many hours, which may lead to dull vision, impaired judgment, the inability to communicate, memory lapses, slow reaction and response time, and more
- Poor Driver Fitness
Drivers considered a hazard to themselves and other vehicles on the road due to poor vision, dependency on alcohol and drugs, etc.
2. Do I have a truck accident case?
Truck accidents don’t only affect car drivers; they also affect families, truck drivers, and even employees of the trucking company. If you were involved in a truck accident, an Ohio truck accident lawyer at our firm can help you if you are:
- a bicyclist,
- a driver or passenger in a car that was involved in a truck accident,
- a driver or passenger in a truck that was involved in a truck accident,
- a motorcyclist,
- a pedestrian,
- a trucking company employee who was injured on the job (ex. loading dock accident),
- the family member of someone killed in a truck accident,
- or any injured victim.
3. Who is responsible for my accident?
Finding the trucking company or insurance provider that’s responsible for your truck accident takes time and detailed investigation. Without the help of an attorney, you may not be able to determine who should be held accountable for your loss.
Our legal team has experience handling cases like yours. We know that any lawyer can do research, but not every lawyer has experience finding the key evidence you need to support your claim. Call us today at (888) 900-6075 or complete a free initial consultation form.
4. What is a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a CMV as a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle:
- Has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more)—whichever is greater—inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds), whichever is greater.
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater.
- Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
- Is of any size and is used in the transportation of hazardous materials.