How do I find a truck accident lawyer? In recent years, accidents involving big rig trucks have been on the rise. One of the major reasons has involved tire blow-outs that shake the balance of large trucks and even send them into adjacent lanes of traffic to collide with unsuspecting drivers of passenger vehicles. In fact, between 2009 and 2013, large truck and bus accidents caused over 14,000 fatalities. 223 of them directly stemmed from tire problems on heavy-duty trucks.
Brad Pistotnik authored Truck Accidents Kill! He knows how to fight insurance companies and has sued insurance companies and motor carriers with big trucks for the same period of time. Truck Accident Lawyers and Attorneys are a special breed of lawyers. Very few lawyers understand the complexities of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. You need a lawyer that actually understands and can recite these regulations from intense study of them.
Many tire failures occurred while truckers were going over the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Even when no traffic laws were violated, many tire blow-outs occurred when a truck was cruising at 75 to 80 mph, which exceeds the speed at which most big rig tires can be safely used.
Big Rig Tires and State Speed Limits
According the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there are 16 states with trucking speed limits of 75 mph. Four states even have stretches of highway where truckers can legally go 80 mph. In recent years, many states have raised their speed limits, coinciding with a rise in big rig accidents and resultant injuries.
Even the ATA (American Trucking Association) agrees that speed limits for big rigs over 65 mph is "a bad idea." Stopping distance increases dramatically at 75 mph compared with 65 mph. Reaction time is also shortened when a truck is moving at such a high speed.
70% of truck companies use electronic limiters to keep their trucks from going over 65 mph. There is currently a movement underway to pass a new federal regulation that would make such limiters mandatory. However, this has not yet occurred, and 30% of truck companies still do not limit their trucks' driving speeds.
When to Contact a Big Rig Accident Lawyer
Driving too fast for conditions, too fast for your tire rating, or over the legal speed limit are among the leading causes of serious big rig accidents. But, ill-maintained tires and brakes, driver distraction, violation of weight limits, driver intoxication, poor trucker training by trucking companies, and companies that keep their truckers on unrealistic driving schedules are also common causes of trucking injuries/deaths.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a big rig due to the negligence of others, you have a right under Kansas law to file for full compensation for all losses stemming from the accident. An experienced big rig accident lawyer can guide you through the process of filing the lawsuit, negotiating with insurers and alleged at-fault parties, and (if necessary) presenting evidence on your behalf before a judge and jury.
The longer you wait to contact a lawyer, the harder it will be to gather evidence and assemble witnesses. If you pass the two-year Kansas statute of limitations, you will permanently lose your right to file a suit.
If you have been seriously injured by a big rig being driven at an unsafe speed or in an unsafe manner, a skilled big rig accident lawyer can assist you in securing full and fair compensation.
At Brad Pistotnik Law we have experience in handling all manner of big rig accidents and a long track record of securing our clients maximum compensation. We have represented victims all across Kansas and the midwest who have been killed or seriously injured in big rig accidents.
Brad Pistotnik can be contacted at 800-241-BRAD, 316-684-4400, or 316-706-5020 (his cell number). Call anytime 24/7 or fill out the online form. You can also reach Tony Atterbury at 316-617-9237, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We regularly travel across Kansas and other states to meet with our clients. If you're injured and need help, we will come to you.
Brad Pistotnik Law is headquartered in Wichita, KS, and serves municipalities all over the state, including Liberal, Dodge City, Garden City, Topeka, Kansas City, Hays, Salina, McPherson, Pittsburg, Manhattan, Pratt, El Dorado, Junction City, and Arkansas City.