Truck Accident FAQ

  1. What are common causes of truck accidents?
    At Ponce Law, we have experience handling a variety of truck accident claims, including accidents caused by:
    • Hours of Service (HOS) Violations
      The law requires truckers to take rest breaks after driving for a certain number of hours. Driving too many hours can lead to poor vision, reduced response times, and impaired judgment.
    • Improper Maintenance
      Defective or worn semi truck parts—such as brakes, tires, or hitches—can cause unpredictable handling, longer stopping distances, and other hazards that can cause serious accidents.
    • Unfit Truck Drivers
      Truckers who are intoxicated, unlicensed, or improperly trained put other drivers at risk. Our truck accident lawyers can help hold negligent trucking companies and their drivers responsible for your accident—related expenses.
  2. Who is responsible for my accident?
    Trucks can be owned, maintained, and leased by more than one company, which can make determining who is responsible for an accident complex and confusing. Our experienced legal team can investigate the details of your accident to determine the drivers, trucking companies, and insurance companies responsible for your damages. We’ll fight to help you get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

    If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, call Ponce Law today. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—just dial (800) 363-9113 or fill out our free initial consultation form.

  3. Do I have a semi truck accident case?
    You may have legal rights to compensation if you’ve been injured in a truck accident. Our truck accident lawyers can help protect your legal rights after a truck accident if you are a:
    • Bicyclist
    • Driver or passenger in a motor vehicle
    • Family member of a victim who was killed in a truck accident
    • Motorcyclist
    • Pedestrian
    • Truck driver or passenger
    • Trucking company employee injured on the job

  4. What is a commercial motor vehicle (CMV)?
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a CMV as a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property that:
    • is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
    • is used in the transportation of hazardous materials.
    • has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more)—whichever is greater—inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds), whichever is greater.
    • has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater.
  5. How much is my semi truck accident claim worth?
    The amount of compensation you can receive for your accident-related expenses depends factors such as as the severity your injuries, wage loss, and how your accident happened. At Ponce Law, we’ll investigate your claim and help you get the compensation you’re owed to cover all of your accident-related expenses.