Accomplished Delaware Truck Accident Lawyers by Your Side
Serving Delaware’s commercial truck accident victims from offices in Seaford, Wilmington and New Castle
A collision with a truck or a large commercial vehicle can cause devastating injuries and fatalities. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) crash statistics, through March of 2015 there have been 39,029 crashes involving large commercial trucks, which includes 981 fatalities and 20,971 injuries.
The Delaware truck accident attorneys of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman are well aware of the unique risks and liabilities involved in commercial trucking accidents. Our legal team has extensive experience – more than 100 year combined – and knowledge, and we can help you hold accountable anyone at fault for your or your loved one’s injury. We maintain offices in New Castle, Wilmington and Seaford, so you’re always close to a skilled truck accident lawyer when you need one the most.
Common causes of truck accidents
A collision with an 18-wheeler or tractor trailer is nothing like your average car accident. Odds are, you won’t be able to simply pull over, get out of your vehicles and exchange insurance information. A truck accident is more likely to cause serious personal injury and property damage. The reasons behind these accident vary, but they are often attributed to:
- Driver error. The most prevalent cause of truck accidents by far is driver error, but not always the truck driver’s error. Because of the size of these commercial vehicles, the slightest human error or driving impairment can have tragic results. Passenger vehicle drivers often underestimate how quickly a large truck can stop, they drive in the truck’s blind spot, follow too closely and change lanes too quickly cutting the truck off.
- Truck driver fatigue. A drowsy driver is a dangerous driver. Our federal government has recognized the problem of driver fatigue in establishing certain restrictions on truck operation, including laws regarding the Hours of Service (HOS).
- Distracted driving. Commercial truck drivers are banned from using cell phones while driving. Some truck drivers choose to ignore these federal restrictions, with fatal consequences.
- Drunk driving. Drunk driving is clearly a hazard that can cause catastrophic accidents on the road, but drugged driving is also becoming a significant problem. Drivers take stimulant drugs such as amphetamines in order to fight off fatigue, but they can end up impairing the driver’s reaction time and their judgement.
- Reckless driving and road rage. The NHTSA calls road rage “an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon.” It can be challenging to prove road rage as the cause of a truck accident, but it is becoming a serious threat to public safety on our highways.
Overloaded trucks, inadequate maintenance and inspections, and defective parts such as failed brakes or steering problems are additional causes of accidents for large trucks. With so many commercial trucks barreling down I-95 at any given time, your chances of being in a serious crash or collision increase every time you’re on the road with one.
How your Delaware truck accident lawyer proves liability
As with any accident case win Delaware, our truck accident attorneys devote considerable time and effort to researching the causes of the accident, liability and the extent of the damage. We engage with accident experts to piece together the smallest details of the event. Our knowledgeable team thoroughly investigates the truck driver and his or her company to ensure that all safety regulations and precautions were followed, requesting evidence and documentation such as:
- Inspection of equipment histories
- HOS logbooks
- Compliance with drive time requirements
- Compliance with the ban on cell phone use while driving
- Adequate safety training and procedures
Through our attorneys’ exhaustive research, the legal team at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman helps ensure the merits and ultimate success of your truck accident, personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Trust us to protect you after a serious truck accident injury in Delaware
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we examine every aspect of your accident to make sure we prove liability and win you damages. We have the resources, experience and skills you want on your side. To make an appointment with a dedicated Delaware truck accident attorney, please call 302.314.5553 or fill out our contact form. From our offices in Wilmington, Seaford and New Castle, we proudly represent clients throughout the state.
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