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Truck Accident Attorneys: Semi Tractor Trailer Accidents

Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorneys

Accidents in your vehicle always create dangers to you and those with you. When your accident involves a semi tractor trailer, though, the size of the vehicle and the force with which it impacts your own vehicle make these accidents even more dangerous. Whether a trailer tips to hit your vehicle or you face direct impact, you need to be ready to protect your rights using the services of truck accident attorneys in Madison WI.

Details of the Accident

As in any kind of collision, you need to make sure you gather as many facts about your accident as possible. Part of this will come from the police report. If you are the victim in the accident, stay on the scene for long enough to give your explanation of what happened, if you are able, so the police are not relying solely on the other driver. Note the time of day, driving conditions, and anything else that might relate to what happened.

Driver Factors

Because semi tractor trailers present such an added risk factor in accidents, Wisconsin law places specific requirements on truck drivers. They must be at least 18 years old. They can only drive for up to 12 hours in a day, and must have eight hours of rest before they do so. They can only drive a total of 70 hours in a given seven-day period.

All of these rules help ensure the safety of other drivers on the road. If a truck driver is fatigued or underage, or otherwise impaired, that creates powerful evidence to support a claim against that driver.

Truck drivers play an important role in transporting goods in Wisconsin and across the country. But when they make mistakes, the results can be deadly. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident with a semi trailer truck, contact Eisenberg Law Offices for a free consultation.