If you are looking for a lawyer to handle your trucking accident case, the most important consideration is to find someone with experience. A lot of people are unaware that the laws that govern the tractor-trailer industry are entirely different from those laws for automobiles. Of course, the reason for that difference is in the fact that if your little car is hit by a tractor-trailer, you don’t stand much of a chance of winning that battle and the law of averages pretty much dictates you’re going to lose. The government has very strict laws concerning how tractor-trailer drivers are trained and permitted to operate their trucks, how many hours they are allowed to drive before taking a rest, and how they must supervise their loads. When they stop, there are laws about how they check their gear, their load and their equipment; and the tractor-trailer must be maintained properly. Your lawyer needs to know these laws in order to determine the best way to represent you in your tractor-trailer accident.
Determining Your Lawyer’s Experience
One of the best ways to find out how much experience a lawyer has in this area is by interview and this can be done by phone or in their office. If you contact the Segal Law Firm, we can even come to your house if there is a need. We also have a very sophisticated website where you can learn more about who we are and what we do. You can find answers to commonly asked questions on our website and all you need to do is click and listen to Segal T.V. or go to our Learning Center where you can read answers to questions that interest you. You can also ask us specific questions by phone or in person.
Just two weeks ago I attended a seminar with many other tractor-trailer litigators who spent the entire day brainstorming on ideas where to get the best information for their tractor-trailer cases. The unfortunate truth is that there are some truck drivers who maintain two sets of logbooks; one for the government to inspect and the other for the person who will be paying them for the hours they drive. What this means is that lawyers must dig deep for information on tractor-trailer cases and the right questions must be asked.
The laws and regulations that the tractor-trailer industry must abide by are all available to the public on the web, but you may need to be good at doing Google searches to come up with them. If you need assistance in looking them up, or if you have other questions concerning tractor-trailer cases, click on the Contact Us tab at the top of the page or call 855-344-9100.