It’s an unfortunate fact that vehicles collide every day, hour, and minute in Wisconsin. The collision is different when one of the vehicles is a truck.
- Size and Weight: Trucks are typically larger and heavier than other vehicles, which can result in more serious injuries and property damage in the event of an accident.
- Regulations: Trucks are subject to federal and state regulations that govern their operation, such as weight limits, hours of service, and maintenance requirements. Violations of these regulations can contribute to or cause truck accidents.
- Liability: Liability for a truck accident may be more complex than liability for a car accident, as there may be multiple parties involved, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the cargo, or the manufacturer of the truck or its parts.
- Insurance Requirements: In Wisconsin, trucks are required to carry higher levels of liability insurance than cars.
- Investigation: Due to the potential severity of truck accidents, they may be subject to more detailed investigations than other types of accidents. Investigators may look at factors such as the truck driver’s qualifications and training, the condition of the truck and its components, and the circumstances leading up to the accident.
Trucking is a heavily-regulated industry requiring trucks and semi-trucks to follow certain rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are required under the National Highway and Traffic Administration (NHTSA). Some rules require drivers to drive only for a certain length of time, maintain the brakes and wheels of the truck, and similar requirements that comply with safety regulations intended to protect the truck driver and other motorists.
Failure to abide by NHTSA rules can be considered driver negligence or driver error on the part of the truck driver, exposing the truck driver and their employer to considerable liability in the event of an accident injuring others.
If you are involved in a truck accident in Wisconsin, it’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.
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