When we're talking about "truck" accidents, we're talking about commercial vehicles, including big rigs such as gravel haulers, tandem trailers, and all sorts of eighteen wheelers. Truck drivers are supposed to be professionals, in every sense of the word. They all have to have a commercial driver's license and pass special tests, including physical tests, to engage in their profession of truck driving.
Their employers, the trucking companies, are supposed to carefully monitor all of their drivers and make sure they drive safely. Unfortunately, in the press to run their trucks further, longer, and farther to gain more loads and make more money, some trucking companies often are lacking in the safety aspect. This is increasingly so as competition increases and profitability decreases.
Truck drivers are often paid by mileage or load. This produces an incentive for the driver to drive as much as possible. To counter this, the Department of Transportation has issued regulations that limit the amount of time a driver can drive and also requires them to keep logs available for inspection to make sure the drivers are keeping within the regulations. Suffice it to say, some truck drivers subject to these regulations are also adept at avoiding the requirements and this means that, at any given time, there are many drivers who are fatigued or otherwise should not be driving, yet they are still on the road driving massive rigs, at high speeds, and, in doing so, endangering the public.
Of course, there are many truck drivers who drive safely and within the regulations and don't "push it" to the point where they endanger the public.
Also, it is true that many responsible trucking companies do make a genuine effort to enforce the safety regulations on their drivers and to hire drivers who are safe or penalize those they find to be violating the rules, often by terminating their employment.
Be that as it may, there are many, many serious injury accidents caused by big rigs on a daily basis. When an accident happens with a truck, special investigations are supposed to be conducted by motor carrier enforcement officers to determine whether the truck had any safety equipment violations, which could have contributed to the accident. The driver's log is examined to determine the fitness of the truck driver at the time of the accident. Some trucks, also, are fitted with special information monitors (like black boxes on airplanes), which show the actions of the truck at the time of and prior to the accident occurring.
Both intrastate and interstate trucks are governed by certain insurance regulations, which usually means they carry higher limits of liability policies in accordance with these regulations.
Any time there is a serious injury in connection with a truck accident, you should contact us immediately. The reason is that truck accidents usually require immediate investigation by trained professional investigators in order to determine what responsibility, if any, the truck driver or the trucking company has in the accident itself.