A large truck accident is much more catastrophic than an automobile accident. The 18-wheel trucks normally weight more than 25 times more than the average car. Accidents between 18-wheelers and cars normally results in very serious injuries, including fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, there are 333,000 long truck accidents annually. Most of these accidents are the result of driver negligence.
In your claim, you must prove that the driver of the truck was negligent and that the negligence caused your injuries. Violation of State or Federal regulations improve your ability to win your claim. Courts have said that when there are State or Federal regulatory violations, there is enough proof of negligence.
The two most frequently violated semi-truck regulations, are (1) the CDL driving regulations consisting of driving, maintenance of the truck, pre-trip routine inspections, and the containment of hazardous material. (2) the logbook regulations, which consist of the number of hours the driver has driven, date when cargo was picked up, weight of truck before and after cargo is on board, and date of delivery. If the truck driver willfully violated these regulations your claim might be entitled to punitive damages, plus your actual damages.