Logging trucks are one of the most dangerous trucks on the road. They carry a heavy and unstable load that must be secured extremely well. They’re also hard to maneuver and are often asked to drive in dangerous weather conditions. These circumstances lead to very serious accidents, leaving other drivers seriously injured and their property destroyed.
These situations are exactly why 1-800-Truck-Wreck exists. If you were the victim of an accident with a logging truck, you need to contact our team of expert attorneys who have extensive experience settling these cases. We‘re dedicated to getting you and your family the compensation you deserve for damages you sustain.
Types Of Logging Truck Accidents
There are several different types of logging truck accidents. No matter what type of accident, personal vehicles, vans, trucks or even SUVs are no match for logging trucks. They’re also no match for the tons upon tons of logs being carried on them. Let’s look at the three most common logging truck accident types.
The most common type of logging truck accident is a vehicle-to-vehicle accident. For example, you’re involved in a head-on collision or sideswiped by a logging truck. A logging truck could also turn a corner and not allow enough room, catching your car with the trailer. These are all vehicle-to-vehicle accidents.
The scariest type of logging truck accident is one where the load is suddenly released, causing the huge logs to tumble off the trailer at high speeds. These accidents are so serious they can be deadly to multiple vehicles. If this type of accident happens to you, there’s a huge chance of major injury, and it’s the truck operator’s responsibility to make sure this situation never happens.
Flatbed Logging Equipment Accident
Logging equipment can also cause accidents. These accidents can be logging equipment carried on a truck or logging equipment that’s mobile itself. Most of the time, the logging equipment is being hauled on a flatbed truck. Since logging equipment can be massive and extremely dangerous, this type of accident can also be incredibly serious.
Regulations and Requirements For Logging Trucks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency responsible for the regulation and oversight of logging trucks and how logs are transported. Due to the danger posed to other drivers, they’ve established plenty of regulations and requirements for hauling lumber. The logs being transported have to be under a certain length, weight, and size, and they have to be on a vehicle designed specifically to transport logs. Needless to say, they also have to be secured. Drivers of logging trucks must also be intensely trained and experienced to avoid putting other drivers at risk.
What You Should Do If You Are Involved In A Logging Truck Accident
If you’re in an accident with a logging vehicle, either a vehicle-to-vehicle accident or one in which the cargo came loose, you want to assess your situation and get help as quickly as possible. You’ll likely be injured from either type of accident, and you want to get an ambulance and other emergency personnel to you as quickly as possible.
Once you take care of this very important step, you can contact your insurance company and let them know about the accident. Logging trucks are required to carry insurance that protects other drivers on the road as well as themselves.
In order to get the compensation you deserve, you need to call 1-800-Truck-Wreck for advice and help pursuing a legal claim.
It’s also very important to capture the following information. We recommend taking photos to ensure that information is not transcribed incorrectly at the scene:
Driver’s name and phone number
Name and contact information for driver’s company, including address
Department of Transportation number (usually found on either side of the truck’s door) and license plate
Contact the Logging Truck Accident Attorneys at 1-800-Truck-Wreck
Don’t hesitate to contact the 1-800-Truck-Wreck team if you’re involved in a logging truck accident. We’re experts in all types of logging truck accidents and understand the laws that apply to hauling logs and working with logging equipment.
We can provide you with the representation you need to be treated fairly and taken seriously by the logging truck insurance company. Insurance companies will try to pay as little as possible, but our attorneys can make sure you’re fairly compensated for your accident. Logging truck operators and oversight agencies have the responsibility to ensure drivers are safe, and they should be held responsible when that doesn’t happen.