In order to prevail in your RI or MA trucking accident case, your personal injury attorney needs to have a firm understanding of the engineering involved in a truck crash. Of course, your injury lawyer does not need an engineering degree, but must have enough of a baseline to be able to understand and analyze all the engineering reports and documentation.
More importantly, the best truck accident lawyers in Rhode Island and Mass. know how to spot the pertinent issues and ask the correct questions to the accident reconstruction expert or the engineers involved in the tractor trailer accident litigation.
Almost immediately after a Rhode Island truck Crash or Massachusetts (MA) tractor trailer collision, your attorneys will need to take action. The RI Personal injury lawyer may need to immediately retain an engineer or accident re-constructionist to evaluate the damaged truck as well as all motor vehicles and motorcycles involved in the wreck. The engineer will need to evaluate and measure skid marks as well as evaluate the scene of the truck-car crash.
In order to get the best settlement or judgment in a big rig or 18 wheeler accident cause of action, a lawyer must have a firm understanding of federal, state and local regulations pertaining to trucking collisions. Even a strong knowledge of the regs may not be enough because an understanding of trucking industry practices and norms is also crucial.
It will give you an added advantage if your negligence lawyer understands the mentality of the trucking companies and their safety departments. There may be issues concerning driver qualifications and trucker training. There may be issues concerning drowsy / sleepy driving, distracted driving / texting and driving or a multitude of other issues that need to be explored properly.
Here are some of the most important issues involved in a Truck accident in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations or in Massachusetts (MA)
-Identify Defendants and Insurance coverage
-What are the internal safety rules and practices of the trucking company and were they followed in this incident?
-Retaining qualified trucking experts
-Was the trucker properly trained and supervised?
-Drugs, alcohol / drunk driving and impaired driving issues
-The special considerations in left hand turn truck collisions
-Was the Driver properly qualified?
-Was the accident caused by shifting merchandise or improperly secured cargo
-Drowsy/ sleepy/ Fatigued motorist or tired driving issues
-Special Considerations in Side Swipe Accidents, T-bone collisions, rear end accidents, Blind spot caused collisions and lane change crashes
-Determining proper damages, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability
-Hours of service violations, Log audit issues
-Special considerations in Rhode Island Wrongful death cases as a result of fatal / deadly truck mishap.
If someone is killed in a tractor trailer or pickup truck accident in Rhode Island then it is important that the spouse, child, family member or loved one retains a wrongful death attorney in RI.
FMCSA Hours of Service http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service
49 CFR Parts 300-399 http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/b/5/3
Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.