Truck Accident Resources
Commercial trucks travel millions of miles every year, delivering goods throughout the state and country. While the job is important, it can also be dangerous to other motorists. Strict rules are put in place to govern commercial trucks and their drivers. Federal regulators understand the dangerous nature of these operations, which often involve vehicles that weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This is in stark contrast to the average passenger vehicle, which weighs just 3,000 pounds.
Commercial trucking operations and their drivers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA maintains important information about these vehicles, including common causes of truck accidents. Truck accidents are often difficult because they are so much different than other types of motor vehicle accident cases.
Commercial trucking operations must comply with strict regulations and licensing requirements for their drivers. Commercial truck drivers are also subject to commercial DUI regulations, which set the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration at 0.04 percent.
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn and what your next steps should be. Our experienced truck accident lawyers at ER Legal put together this list of resources to help you learn about how we can help you, what type of compensation you could be owed, how long you have to file a claim, and more. If you need any assistance with your claim, visit our contact page for a free case review.
Truck accidents often cause debilitating and life-altering disabilities. You might be concerned about how to cover the costs associated with your disability and how to make ends meet while you are unable to work.
Your attorney will seek fair compensation from the at-fault party, Depending on your circumstances, the following resources may be able to provide additional assistance:
- Social Security Administration – If you’ve become disabled due to an accident, you might be eligible for some assistance through the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs. You can also learn about benefits for children with disabilities if your child was injured in the accident.
- Ticket to Work – The Ticket to Work program allows you to attempt to return to the workforce after suffering a disability without jeopardizing your benefits.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy – This U.S. Department of Labor agency helps ensure that those with disabling conditions have equal employment opportunities.
- ADA National Network – If you believe that you are being discriminated against because of your disability or that your employer is not providing you with an appropriate reasonable accommodation, the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network can explain the law.
- gov – This site provides information about financial resources available to individuals with disabilities.
- Federal Student Aid – Learn about your options for handling your student loan payments after a disability, including deferment, forbearance, or discharge of your federal student loans.
- Ability Jobs – This site provides a job board of current openings for people with disabilities.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, seek medical treatment immediately. If you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries in the crash, the following resources could be of use to you:
- Brain Injury Association of America – This organization advances research, treatment, awareness, and education for those who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries.
- National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury – This site provides practical information for those who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries, family members of those impacted, and medical professionals.
- National Aphasia Association – If you or someone in your family has lost the ability to speak because of a traumatic brain injury, this resource can connect you with centers and programs, support groups, and speech language professionals in your area.
- Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation – This foundation is committed to advancing research and improving the quality of life for those who’ve become paralyzed.
- American Trauma Society – This organization advocates for the trauma care system and victims of traumatic injuries through education, prevention efforts, and programming.
- Amputee Coalition – The Amputee Coalition provides information about community providers, support groups, and other assistance for amputees.
- Well Spouse Association – This organization provides assistance, guidance, and support to individuals who care for a disabled spouse.
If you’ve been hurt due to the negligence of a truck driver, the trucking company, or another entity, the following federal and non-governmental resources have vital information that will help your attorney build the strongest case on your behalf:
- Insurance Information Institute – The III provides data-driven information and advice on driver safety, with a focus on insurance customers.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – The IIHS is an organization funded by auto insurers and other insurance companies. Its goal is to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage from motor vehicle accidents of all types. Their “large trucks” section has valuable information on how often truck accidents occur, what causes them, and other information that may be relevant to your claim.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – The FMCSA, which falls under the Department of Transportation, is the federal agency that governs the trucking industry. It sets important guidelines that truckers are required to follow, including the “Hours of Service” rules that limit how long drivers can go without taking a break.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – The NHTSA focuses on educating drivers and reducing the number of accidents nationwide. Their data portal has in-depth reports on truck accidents, causes of collisions, and other vital information.
- Truck Accident FAQ – On this page, the ER Legal team answers the top most frequently asked questions about truck accidents and lawsuits.