Commercial vehicle crashes involve different vehicles from normal car to car or car to pick up truck wrecks. The vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and require maintenance and care above and beyond a passenger car in order to safely operate on the roadways.
Lawsuits can easily last two years from the date of filing in Houston, Harris County Texas due to the backlog of cases most of the courts face and scheduling issues with multiple law firms and attorneys. Although Harris County has implemented the fast-track procedure for some litigation, truck crash cases are not well suited to the fast-track model.
Some truck accident litigation revolves around simple negligence on the part of the truck driver and other cases or more complex in that they involve such issues as safety, training and the condition of the truck or trailer and those cases require much more time to develop.
Fortunately, most of the commercial vehicles now are equipped with onboard computers also called “black boxes” which have streamlined the procedure for establishing critical facts such as the speed of the truck prior to impact and also the breaking of the truck driver.
In contested cases, the services of an accident reconstruction expert may be required to assist the jury in understanding how the wreck occurred. If the case can be tried without an accident reconstruction expert counsel should seriously consider going that route.
Undoubtedly, compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations becomes a big issue in many lawsuits involving professional truck drivers and motor carriers. The regulations are very specific in establishing the minimum standard of care that is acceptable to protect the motoring public and the truck drivers themselves.
Each case is unique and must stand on its own merits. However, a common theme that runs through most cases against drunk drivers are trucking companies is that they failed to live up to the minimum standard of safety required of them under the regulations.
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