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Semi-truck Accident Attorney in Mississippi

LEGAL HELP FOR MISSISSIPPI TRUCKING ACCIDENT INJURY VICTIMS

Mississippi, the Magnolia State, is home to just shy of three million citizens, ranking 32nd in the nation in both population and area. The state is home to a slew of casinos located on the banks of the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast, bringing in billions of revenue to the state each year. Mississippi has several automobile manufacturing facilities within its borders, including a Toyota and Nissan plant.

Several of the largest interstate highways run through the state, including I-20, I-55, and Interstate 10 along the southern coast. These thoroughfares provide Mississippians the ability to traverse the state and the rest of the country with ease. Similar to many other states, the trucking industry is used to transport materials and goods produced in the state. Sadly, Mississippi is also like other states in that serious trucking accidents occur on its roadways.

Many semi-truck accidents occur on the interstate highway system — about one in four fatal truck crashes happen on an interstate. Unfortunately, these accidents are oftentimes preventable and avoidable altogether. The negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies leads to thousands of deaths on the roadways each year in the United States. In Mississippi alone, 81 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2014. Nationally, an estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks.

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we understand how difficult it is to work after suffering from a trucking injury. Our firm has the resources to advance your court costs and litigation expenses and advance you money for living and medical expenses (interest free). Our clients spend nothing and pay no attorney’s fees unless we win the case. We are confident that our experienced Mississippi trucking accident lawyers will continue our consistent record of obtaining real results for our clients.

LEGAL RESOURCES TO WIN YOUR MISSISSIPPI TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE

  • Technology
    • Your complete case profile is active in our computer system starting from the first time we meet, whether we meet at one of our offices or we visit your home, workplace, or hospital in Mississippi. We employ the leading-edge case management, client interaction, and information security solutions to ensure your case files are accessible, and secure, at anytime from anywhere in the United States. Your case information can be expedited to you and your team of legal professionals at the click of a mouse, providing the most up-to-date information possible.
  • Mobility
    • Our Mississippi truck accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and accessible from anywhere on the globe. Through satellite technology, cutting-edge mobile technologies, and jet services, our firm is dedicated to providing clients with dynamic, accessible representation. Whether meeting in-person or via video conference, we want to make sure our attorneys are always accessible to you. Trucking injury cases can be complex and difficult, and we believe you deserve an advocate on your side at every hour of the day.
  • Experts
    • Our personal injury firm employs an arsenal of expert trucking witnesses in every trucking accident case we see. It is crucial to find the right expert and best expert witness for each individual case. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding only the best experts in the nation. Every expert we consider is put through a rigorous examination and series of questioning before ever being involved in a case. Trucking experts may provide reports and testimony to judges, attorneys, insurance companies, and government agencies in trials and arbitration. Examples of experts used in a trucking accident case include:
      • Transportation safety experts
      • Doctors, physical therapists, neurologists, surgeons, and other medical professionals
      • Accident reconstruction experts
      • Commercial motor vehicle compliance consultants
      • Hazardous materials experts

WHO CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR MISSISSIPPI TRUCKING ACCIDENTS?

Several parties could potentially be found negligent in a trucking accident. Thomas J. Henry are experienced in determining exactly which party is negligent and who can be sued. Knowing who and where to sue is critical in a complex Mississippi trucking injury case. In some cases, trucking injury victims may have grounds to recover actual and punitive damages, which can compensate them for all expenses, past and future, which have occurred since the accident.

We have consistently demonstrated, through massive use of experts, expansive discovery, and depositions, how truck drivers, trucking companies, and commercial motor vehicle manufacturers have caused catastrophic and fatal accidents that were unnecessary and preventable. No matter which party is negligent in your trucking injury case, our experienced injury attorneys have handled multitudes of semi-truck accidents over the past decades, standing up against the largest trucking companies in the nation on our clients’ behalf. Thomas J. Henry understands how companies and truck drivers are supposed to handle themselves, and we help our injured clients bring them to justice and achieve the verdict and settlements our clients deserve for their pain and suffering.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER A SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT?

If you’ve been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, you have rights that should be protected. There are steps you can take to help preserve evidence following the accident.

  • Stop immediately after the crash and assess the situation.
    • Accidents can be disorienting. Check yourself and your passenger for injuries.
  • Make the accident visible, if possible.
    • Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights, set out reflectors, or light road flares to signal to oncoming motorists.
  • Notify the police.
    • Contact your local police station. Call 911 if there is an emergency or any severe injuries. Filing a police report is an important step in filing an insurance claim. Be sure that paramedics are sent to the scene if anyone was injured in the trucking accident.
  • Record the facts and take pictures.
    • Speak with the responding police officers as truthfully and accurately as possible. Do not speculate about facts surrounding the crash or any injuries you may have sustained. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, the scene of the accident, the semi-truck involved, any injuries you or your passengers suffered, and anything else that could help your case in the future.
  • Gather and exchange information.
    • Collect names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved in the accident and any people who witnessed the accident. Obtain the insurance information of all drivers involved in the crash.
  • Seek medical attention.
    • Be aware that some injuries or pain from a trucking accident may not become apparent until days or weeks after the crash. If you are uncertain of an injury, it is a good idea to err on the side of caution and schedule an appointment with your doctor.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company.
    • Contact your insurance company as soon as you can. As your claim is processed, keep a record of any medical expenses or vehicle-related expenses and changes in health.
  • Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer.
    • Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys will assist you with your trucking accident case, protecting your rights as an injured victim and making sure insurance companies are acting in your best interest. Our Mississippi truck accident attorneys will take immediate action on your case because they know the importance of acquiring and preserving evidence as soon as possible after a trucking accident. Available 24/7, nights and weekends, we are available to address your question and concerns and help you throughout the legal process.

COMMON MISSISSIPPI TRUCKING VIOLATIONS THAT RESULT IN ACCIDENTS

Semi-truck accidents can be caused by several different factors, many of which are due to common traffic violations. When truck drivers violate traffic laws, the consequences of an accident are oftentimes severe and fatal. Common violations that lead to trucking injury accidents include:

  • Driving while fatigued
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Distracted driving
    • In 2014, 3,179 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. When truck drivers take their eyes off the road, the resulting accidents can be catastrophic.
  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane changing or turning
  • Improper loading
    • Motorists’ lives are put in jeopardy when truck drivers fail to secure their loads. Cargo from these trucks, including hazardous materials, could fall onto the roadway, causing serious accidents.
  • Impaired driving
  • Parking on the shoulder

ECM AND GPS DEVICES: WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE

Many commercial motor vehicles and other vehicles regulated by the Department of Transportation contain Electronic Control Modules (ECM) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) on board. These electronic systems can be a great asset when pursuing fault and negligence in your trucking accident case. These devices track and record the movement of the semi-truck, including the speed at which it was traveling prior to an accident.

ECM and GPS devices also record the truck driver’s habits and can reveal the routes the driver took before an accident occurred. The information recorded on these devices can be vital for a trucking accident case, and our experienced trucking accident lawyers understand how important it is to acquire the information on these devices. Our attorneys will immediately file a lawsuit and restraining order to obtain the ECM and GPS device information and also the truck driver’s required Federal Motor Carrier documents.

FEDERAL TRUCKING GUIDELINES HELP PREVENT HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS

Trucking companies and truck drivers are required to follow a variety of regulations that have been put in place to keep other drivers safe on the roadways. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations contains all of the regulations regarding the operation of commercial motor vehicles. When truck drivers and trucking companies fail to follow these laws, serious trucking accidents and injuries are oftentimes the result.

Truck drivers are required to obtain and hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDL holders are held to a higher standard, meaning they can lose their CDL certification by committing serious traffic violations. Important trucking guidelines include:

  • Drivers must be 21 years of age or older to drive across state lines or operate a vehicle containing hazardous materials.
    • Mississippi CDL holders must be 18 years of age or older to drive within the state.
  • To be eligible for a CDL, drivers must have no prior disqualifying criminal offenses.
  • Prior to obtaining a CDL, drivers must test for and obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and hold it for 14 days.
  • In order to obtain a commercial learner’s permit, drivers must be cleared by a qualified medical examiner that they are physically able to operate a commercial vehicle.
  • For commercial motor vehicle operators, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .04, compared to .08 for regular drivers.
  • Truck drivers are banned from using handheld mobile phones while driving. Trucking companies are prohibited from allowing or requiring drivers to use handheld devices while driving.
  • Drivers are prohibited from holding a CDL issued by more than one state or jurisdiction.

MISSISSIPPI STATE TRUCKING REGULATIONS

All hazardous materials drivers must now undergo a fingerprint and background check when obtaining or renewing their CDL. The state of Mississippi administers the test themselves.

HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS

One of the leading causes of trucking accidents in the United States is fatigued drivers. Insufficient sleep can have similar negative effects on driving as operating while intoxicated. The hours of service regulations are in place to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel without a sufficient amount of sleep. Property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers,

  • may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.
  • may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
  • Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

In addition, passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers,

  • may drive a maximum of 10 hours after eight consecutive hours off duty.
  • may not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following eight consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time is not included in the 15-hour period.
  • may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
  • Drivers using a sleeper berth provision must take at least eight hours in the sleeper berth, and may split the sleeper-berth time into two periods provided neither is less than 2 hours.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED MISSISSIPPI TRUCKING ACCIDENT AND INJURY ATTORNEY

Thomas J. Henry has advocated for trucking injury victims and their family members for decades. Your choice matters when choosing a personal injury firm. Our firm has the experienced attorneys, financial and technological resources, and the reputation for achieving record-breaking verdicts for our clients. We are devoted to our injured clients and intent on providing dynamic representation in each truck accident case we handle. Our team of experienced Mississippi truck accident lawyers ensure each case is handled efficiently and effectively, putting you in the best position possible to obtain the results you deserve.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a Mississippi trucking accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your case.

Disclaimer: Any summary, description, or paraphrase of a regulatory requirement on this site is intended to provide general guidance only.  Please consult the text of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a full account of the applicable requirements.

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