Tractor-trailer accidents can lead to devastating injuries, but compensation may be available. If you have been hurt in a trucking accident, you need to speak to a Massachusetts truck collision lawyer who is familiar with state and federal laws that govern trucks and truck drivers. This is a complicated area of law and having an experienced legal advocate by your side can very much impact the outcome of your case.
A tragic crash killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last month, making it one of the deadliest accidents in the state’s history. Many of the victims were veterans. The accident occurred when a 23-year-old truck driver from Springfield, Massachusetts crossed a double yellow line into the eastbound lane of the highway where it struck a group of 10 motorcyclists, members of the Massachusetts chapter of the JarHeads Motorcycle Club. Seven of the motorcyclists died, while the other three were rushed to the hospital. The truck driver was charged with seven counts of vehicular homicide.
Shockingly, it was revealed that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) should have terminated the truck driver’s commercial license a long time ago due to a series of serious traffic infractions, the latest of which involved a drunk driving arrest one month prior to the catastrophic accident. Upon further investigation, it turns out that RMV officials ignored tens of thousands of alerts that Massachusetts-licensed drivers had broken driving laws in other states. As a result, at least 540 drivers who should have had their Massachusetts licenses suspended were able to stay on the road.
The carelessness of a truck driver can cause serious injury and even death. An irresponsible truck driver should be held accountable for the harm that he or she causes. In Massachusetts, this is most often done through a personal injury lawsuit that establishes driver negligence. Truck driver negligence occurs when the truck driver fails to drive with the level of care and caution that a reasonably prudent truck driver would have used under the same or similar circumstances. This includes obeying traffic laws and driving in a safe manner. Driving while intoxicated, speeding, and distracted driving are all examples of negligent conduct behind the wheel.
In a truck accident case, there are several parties who may be liable. While the driver is typically at fault, the trucking company may also be liable for the truck driver’s negligence. The question of the truck company’s liability can be complicated, but a skilled truck accident attorney can examine the facts of your case to determine the strengths and viability of your claim.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, we can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our experienced truck accident attorneys are passionate advocates for accident victims across Massachusetts. With over 25 years of experience, we understand that truck accident victims can feel overwhelmed and stressed, but, rest assured, we will handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on your health and recovery. For a free consultation regarding your case, call us today at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.