Among other types of personal injury cases, we handle truck accidents at Donati Law. Truck accidents involving semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers, are different from regular car accidents in several important ways. The most obvious difference is that when semi-trucks are involved in accidents they can cause very serious physical injuries and damage to other vehicles, beyond that of a typical car accident, due to their sheer size and force. As a result, semi-truck drivers are required to meet higher safety standards than individuals driving regular automobiles. Truck drivers must comply with state and federal rules that regulate many aspects of their job, such as rest periods and the maximum number of hours they may drive each day. Also, The Federal Motor Carrier Administration requires truck operators to carry insurance policies that have higher limits than typical automotive insurance. These higher limits are justified by the serious damages and injuries that can be caused by semi-truck accidents.
Memphis' location makes it an important shipping and transportation hub, sometimes referred to as "North America's Logistics Center." Major truck lines operate huge terminals in Memphis and the Memphis area. As a result, an abundance of semi-trucks travel the roadways in and around Memphis on a daily basis. This makes it vital for Memphis-area drivers to remain alert and focused while on the road, particularly when sharing the highway or interstate with a semi-trucks.
If you are involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, a competent attorney is vital in helping you secure your rights and relief under the law. If you have been involved in a truck accident or simply have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.