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Semi Truck Accidents in Michigan-The Truck Accident Law Firm
Every day in the United States people are injured or killed in trucking accidents. Statistically one out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident. Another stunning fact is that most people killed in accidents involving trucks are in other vehicles. It is not surprising that federal law requires commercial carriers traveling interstate commerce to carry large amounts of liability insurance. And, transporting hazardous material requires even higher insurance limits.
Trucks have more rules to comply with when on the road then a car. Trucks are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Truckers are required to know the regulations. If a trucker violates the regulations that violation can be the basis of a lawsuit. The regulations require logs and documents be kept by the drivers. These documents are obtained and preserved immediately when our firm accepts a case.
A lawyer handling any truck accident case in Michigan should look immediately at whether the truck driver was operating solely within Michigan (an intrastate driver) or if the journey was an interstate cargo haul. Federal regulations that require drivers to maintain trip logs, perform proper pretrip inspections and carry federal mandatory insurance minimums apply only to interstate truck drivers.
While insurance limits would typically be the same for a driver who handles both intrastate and interstate trips, the other driver safety duties would vary depending on the nature of the trip. The analysis depends on the actual trip that was interrupted by the crash. Gerald R Stahl has handled big rig accidents both Intrastate and interstate.
Another major factor to consider in a trucking accident is the proper parties in a lawsuit. Not only do you sue the driver and the employer, but you may consider the company that loaded the truck, the maintenance staff or other key players. Attorney Gerald R Stahl has recovered millions of dollars in Grand Rapids and Western Michigan for victims of trucking accidents.
In Michigan and other states, many factors should be considered when investigating a trucking accident. We work closely with the best trucking experts in the country on all aspects of the truck driver and trucking company’s responsibility.The most common reasons for truckers to be held at responsible in a truck accident include:
- Shifting Load
- Defective Brakes
- Too much weight
- Poor training or lack of road experience
- Driving in poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, or fog
- Tired or sleepy driver
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication
- Hiring an unqualified employee or one with a poor driving history
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to have proper lighting on truck
- Failure to yield right of way
Attorney Gerald R Stahl has been helping people injured in semi truck accidents recover damages and restore their quality of life for over 30 years in Grand Rapids. After a fatal truck accident, a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit should be pursued by the grieving family. At the law Offices of Gerald R Stahl we have represented many families in wrongful death lawsuits after trucking crashes in Western Michigan. Call Gerald R Stahl for a free Truck Accident legal consultation. Gerald R Stahl is committed to getting just compensation to help struggling families deal with the psychological and financial loss of a loved one. Please contact Gerald today if you are looking for a truck accident lawyer in Grand Rapids, Michigan area now!
Preserving Evidence Crucial in Semi Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are different than other vehicle accidents because of the Federal Motor Carrier Act that governs the trucking industry. Federal regulations require that certain evidence must be maintained. These include freight bills, bills of lading, hazardous material information. It is important to maintain this evidence before it is destroyed. For instance, the semi truck driverâ€™s log may be destroyed after six months if a Michigan truck accident lawyer does not obtain a court order or take steps to preserve the evidence.
Over the road trucks must also carry various levels of insurance coverage, depending on the nature of the materials the truck is hauling. Hauling hazardous material and hazardous waste requires more insurance and higher limits generally. This can create a situation where there are multiple policies of insurance. The shipper and leasing companies may spend valuable time arguing about which insurance company is responsible for compensating the victim in a truck liability case. Gerald R Stahl has over 30 years of experience helping people seriously injured people deal with insurance issues and make the best recovery in semi tractor trailer accidents.
Although terminology varies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to the devices commonly called black boxes or event data recorders (EDR). Sometimes manufacturers refer to them as crash data recorders (CDR). The recorder will trigger when preset physical conditions nearing those sufficient for the airbag to deploy are met. Extraction of the data after the event can be time sensitive.
If an airbag deploys, the unit will trigger and capture data. Thus, if the unit is to be in place when the vehicle is repaired, measures must be taken to collect and preserve the unit and its data. Sometimes the unit may be activated despite the fact that an airbag was not deployed. Data also may be erased after some many engine ignition cycles so that it is important to retrieve the black box before the ignition cycle deletes the information.
Additionally, the information recording in the black box may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Also, some are more advanced than others.
Some of the data that is captured on the black box after a trucking accident could include lateral acceleration, longitude of acceleration, vertical acceleration, deceleration, heading, vehicle speed, engine speed, seatbelt status, braking input status, steering input, gear selection, turn signal status, brake signal status, head and tail light status, hazard light status, brake system status, ABS status, stability control status, environmental conditions, cruise control status, airbag deployment time.
In order to analyze the black box information properly requires the assistance of an expert familiar with the product. This could be an accident reconstruction expert or trucking industry expert.
Aggressive Trucking Accident Lawyer in Michigan
It is well known in the legal profession that Big Rig accidents require an even more specific set of attorney skills. We take on the trucking industry legal teams, insurance company lawyers and adjusters who have specialized in trucking litigation. We have developed a reputation as a firm in Michigan that aggressively handles tractor trailer litigation.
Tractor Trailer Accidents cause death and other catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries and Brain injuries
Trucking accidents continue to be a large part of the law practice of Gerald R. Stahl. Every year the law firm of Gerald R. Stahl handles commercial motor vehicle crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.
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The Law Offices of Gerald R. Stahl has handled numerous trucking accidents in Michigan and other states for injured victims and worked with trucking experts throughout the United States. Gerald R Stahl is conveniently located on East Beltline in Grand Rapids near Knapp’s Corner and the 63rd District Court and he is ready to help you obtain justice in your trucking accident case.
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