Truck Accidents

Trucking accidents hold a great potential for serious injury. The size and weight disparity between a fully loaded 18 wheeler and a typical passenger car is enormous. A collision between the two traveling at highway speeds is a recipe for disaster. This fact, along with other issues, makes it imperative to retain the counsel of an experienced Providence truck accident attorney.

The Trucking Industry And Federal Regulation

The Federal government, primarily through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), has established regulations that govern trucking companies that operate interstate. Rhode Island has similar laws that apply to intrastate operations. A Providence trucking accidents lawyer can explain that among the primary areas of regulation are topics of interest in a trucking accident investigation:

  • Driver qualification and training
  • Driver operation
  • Truck maintenance
  • Truck safety
  • Accident reporting

In identifying the cause of a trucking accident and determining liability, a Providence truck accident attorney will be dealing with a number of different parties all with different interests.

Multiple Parties

Unlike an accident between two passenger cars driven by private parties, a truck accident involves many different players. Depending on the circumstances, a Providence truck accident attorney will need to investigate the role of some or all of the following:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • The manufacturer of the truck
  • The shipping company
  • The company that loaded the cargo
  • The local or state municipality responsible for maintaining the road

Competing Interests

In many instances, a Providence trucking accidents lawyer will find more than one party responsible and each will try and shift liability to the other. For instance, driver fatigue is often an issue. Although FMCSR regulations limit the number of hours of operation, trucking companies often set unrealistic schedules or offer bonuses for performance that is all but impossible under the law. Additionally, in some cases the driver is an employee, and in some cases the driver is an independent contractor.


The trucking industry is a big business, and it vigorously protects its interests. Investigators are on the scene immediately, often before the wreckage has cleared. Your Providence truck accident attorney should be on the case as soon as possible.

Trucking Companies Should Be Held Accountable

Suits against commercial trucking agencies can feel like an uphill battle. You will not be alone in that fight. Protect your rights. Call Robinson & Clapham at 401-400-3841 or 401-594-4365 or use our contact form. Your time is important so we will find a way to meet with you at a time that works for you.