Representation From A North Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorney And Former Insurance Adjuster
Prior to founding X1Law, P.A., attorney Patrick Tighe worked for several years as a claims adjustor in the insurance industry. He has extensive experience working on complex truck accident claims. Unlike accident claims involving only passenger vehicles, accidents involving commercial trucks are subject to a completely different set of laws, and not all personal injury attorneys take on these kinds of cases. Attorney Tighe has used his deep knowledge of the law and his experience working on both sides of truck accident cases to build a long track record of success. This success was recognized by his peers, as attorney Tighe was named to the Super Lawyers list for the last five consecutive years.
Understanding The Complexities Of Truck Accident Cases
In an accident caused by a semi or a commercial truck, several parties may be at fault. It is not just the driver who may be held accountable, but also the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the company that services the truck and possibly the company that loaded the truck. In addition, commercial truck drivers are subject to federal regulations, including:
- Limits on the number of hours behind the wheel for drivers in a given time span
- Proper inspection and maintenance of the vehicle
- Meeting all commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements
- Following legal guidelines when loading the truck
- Use of alcohol or controlled substances when on the road
- Following proper procedures when transporting hazardous materials
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a big truck, you need an experienced litigator like Patrick Tighe on your side.
Common Causes Of Truck Accidents
Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents, but there are other factors at play as well. Multiple parties are involved in getting a truck ready to go out on the road, and they may share in the fault or be solely responsible. Other causes of truck accidents include:
- Problems with brakes and other mechanical failures
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks or trailers
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper training of drivers
- Improper turns
- Tire blowouts
To determine who is at fault in a truck accident requires a deep knowledge of the trucking industry and how it approaches personal injury accident claims. It is not uncommon for trucking companies to have a team on call that is responsible for quickly getting to the accident scene to gather evidence and immediately start building a defense against any potential claim or lawsuit. That is why it is imperative to get in touch with our office as soon as possible after the accident.
Contact X1Law, P.A., Today
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, semi or large commercial truck, call 561-363-3947 now to set up a free initial consultation. You can also reach us using our online contact form.