Our highways and roads are full of all types of commercial trucks. Because of the size, loads and often failures to follow proper safety procedures truck accidents happen way too frequently. Special laws regulate how trucks must operate on our roads. If there has been an injury or even death caused by a commercial truck, then please seek the advice of a law firm that understands the rules and responsibilities that govern the safe operation of trucks. The lawyers at Rikard & Protopapas Law Firm have decades of combined experience handling truck accidents of every description. Contact us if you or your family have suffered injury or death caused by an encounter with a commercial truck.
Rikard & Protopapas, LLC handles trucking accident cases throughout the state of South Carolina, regionally, and nationally.
Tractor Trailer, Trucking, and/or Big Rig Accidents have become a particular area of focus to our firm. More than likely, an automobile accident involving a tractor trailer is going to lead to severe, debilitating lifelong injuries or wrongful death. In an accident involving a tractor trailer, the truck is always going to win, and you or your family will always lose. Rikard & Protopapas, LLC has the experience you need to make sure that you have a level playing field after a tractor trailer accident.
Tractor trailer accidents are very different from automobile accidents in many ways. The severity and seriousness of the damages and injuries caused by a tractor trailer can be devastating. Most tractor trailers weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds meaning that a collision involving a tractor trailer will most often have serious or deadly consequences.
It is imperative for you, your family, and your loved ones to obtain an attorney who is familiar with the rules, regulations, and laws concerning tractor trailer accidents.
Federal and state laws and regulations are specifically designed to regulate tractor trailer drivers and the companies that employ them. These laws and regulations are meant to protect motorists from the negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies. There are specific rules relating to hours of service, driver fatigue, driver rest breaks, how to load material on trailers, and many other regulations. Many tractor trailer companies now have satellite devices installed on their tractor trailers that track movement of the truck and can be used in litigation to determine if the tractor trailer driver is being truthful in his log book describing when he was on duty and where he was traveling. In tractor trailer cases, these records are a key factor in proving fault on the part of a driver or the company that employs him or her.
The attorneys at Rikard & Protopapas, LLC have substantial experience litigating Tractor Trailer cases and are familiar with these regulations and equipment regarding the tractor trailer industry.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Violations of Hours of Service Rules
- Driving Schedules that are Excessive
- Improperly Loaded or Overloaded Trucks
- Defective Truck or Trailer Equipment
- Maintenance Issues Involving a Truck in Poor Working Condition
- Lack of Driver Training and Experience
- Intoxication with Drugs or Alcohol
- Dangerous Weather Conditions
- Defective Roadways
- Excessive Speed
- Failure to Follow Mandated State and Federal Safety Regulations
- Work Zone Violations
You deserve to have an attorney that understands tractor trailer accidents and the rules regulations and laws that are involved in tractor trailer litigation. You also deserve a lawyer that understands the process, the litigation, and the seriousness of these issues affecting your life. If you believe that you or your family have a Tractor Trailer case, please contact the team at Rikard & Protopapas, LLC to have your case evaluated.