Many people view commercial trucking accidents like auto accidents, except that trucks are much larger and can cause greater damage. An accident involving a commercial vehicle such as a big rig tractor trailer is not the same. As a starting, commercial trucks are highly regulated, and subject to a myriad of federal and state laws. These regulations cover all aspects of trucking including the drivers, the load, and maintenance. If any of these regulations were violated, and that violation contributed to the accident, the trucking company will be held liable.
Statistics show that accidents involving semi-tractor trailer rigs and commercial trucks are on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were more than 500,000 accidents involving commercial trucks, causing more than 100,000 injuries, and in excess of 5,000 deaths. In its defense, the American Trucking Association points out that the majority of accidents involving trucks and cars, the driver of the car is at fault for causing the accident.
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