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by Jeff Rasansky - September 12, 2012
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

semi1 - iStock_000004951806SmallTrucking companies have to follow specific rules that relate to their trade and to their usage of the roads. These rules exist so that the people with whom they share the road are as safe as possible. Obviously, commercial vehicles tend to be much larger than passenger vehicles and that means that they have a tremendously increased capacity to cause serious damage. In accidents where somebody is injured by a commercial vehicle, you need to deal with an attorney who knows how to handle these claims.

Investigation

A Dallas truck accident attorney will have a great deal of expertise in their own right and will know who to turn to when they need additional information. They will investigate the scene of the accident and all of the evidence related to the accident and try to determine if there was some sort of negligence involved. They will also take a look at the trucking company itself and see whether or not it had failed to adhere to any safety regulations or standards imposed upon it.

What the investigation will be trying to determine is where negligence was a factor in the accident and how. Negligence simply means that the trucking company did not act as they could be reasonably expected to act in the given situation. There are incidents where truck drivers lose control of their vehicles through no fault of their own and end up causing horrific accidents. There are many more accidents, however, that are not really accidents at all but that are crashes that result from some sort of negligence.

Your attorneys will want to know if the driver had adequate rest to be on the road, whether the equipment they were driving was properly maintained and whether everybody involved in maintaining the equipment and the driver themselves was appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.

Versus Car Crashes

A truck accident attorney will have the particular expertise required to work on these cases. There are some differences between these cases and regular car crashes. For instance, the licensing requirements and log keeping requirements for commercial drivers don’t exist in a case where one passenger vehicle hit another. There are other factors, as well, and you want to make certain that your attorney has experience dealing with them and that they understand this area of the law in great detail. With a good attorney at your side, you may end up getting compensated for your injuries and property loss.

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