Mississippi Truck Accident Attorneys

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Large commercial trucks play a vital part in our state and national economy. But when an accident involves an 18-wheeler, tractor trailer, semi-trailer or other big commercial motor vehicle, it can be a devastating event, even more so than a typical car crash.

Truck accidents on roads like I-55 or I-20, on U.S. Highways 98, 84 or 80, or on state roads in cities and towns in Mississippi, are likely to cause serious personal injuries or death to drivers and passengers of non-commercial vehicles.

These are typically complicated accidents. This is due to a commercial truck’s size and the cargo it may carry, federal regulations that trucks and trucking companies operate under and the lawyers a large trucking firm typically sends to protect its interests after a serious wreck.

Abdalla Law, PLLC, works hard to protect the rights of victims of truck accidents in Mississippi and has the resources necessary to take on these large trucking companies. Because it is important to take immediate action after an 18-wheeler wreck, contact us right way to get the help you need. We can represent you in any truck accident claim or wrongful death claim.

What Causes Trucking Accidents in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, a vehicle with gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,001 pounds is considered a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). With cargo, it may weigh 80,000 pounds or more. It’s easy to see why these vehicles could cause terrible damage and injuries in an accident.

In many cases, the truck driver is at fault in a truck accident. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), common reasons truckers get into wrecks include:

  • Traveling too fast for conditions (speeding)
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Prescription drug use
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance (not looking both ways or recognizing a potential hazard)
  • Fatigue.

The FMCSA also reports that 35 percent of CMV crashes can be attributed to driver inattention. (This is why federal laws now ban using a hand-held cell phone and texting while driving in a commercial motor vehicle.)

Who Can Be Held Liable in a Mississippi Truck Accident?

There are actually several parties who might be responsible for a truck accident, such as the:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company / carrier
  • Carrier employee responsible for loading the truck’s cargo
  • Company or individual responsible for maintaining the truck
  • Individual responsible for inspecting the truck before it departs
  • Manufacturer of the truck
  • Manufacturer of a truck component or part
  • Local or state government responsible for a road defect or maintenance lapse.

Because so many different parties can be potentially liable for these accidents, trucking companies, truck manufacturers and their insurers will often send teams of lawyers to a truck accident quickly after it occurs.

These lawyers know that if federal regulations regarding the truck, its cargo and the activities of the truck driver have been violated, there are many people who may be liable for the death, injuries and/or property damage caused by the accident. They may work to obscure or deflect blame, or they may offer quick, low-value settlements to accident victims.

How a Mississippi Trucking Accident Lawyer Can Help You

It is important to ensure that an 18-wheeler accident is properly investigated as soon as possible after it occurs. Such an investigation requires knowledge of federal rules and regulations and a keen understand of why trucking accidents happen.

The Abdalla Law, PLLC, has the skills, resources and experience needed to handle these types of cases. We understand regulations governing the trucking industry. We also can turn to a network of consultants who can perform the technical work required to determine how a truck crash occurred and the damages suffered.

Our lawyers approach 18-wheeler accidents like we do all personal injury and wrongful death cases: We seek to identify all parties liable for the accident and then work tirelessly to pursue all compensation that is available to our clients.

Contact Abdalla Law, PLLC, today to arrange a free consultation. Our legal services are provided on a “contingency fee” basis.  There is never a charge unless we recover compensation for you.

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