Can I Sue If I Hit a Semi Truck Parked Illegally on the Highway?

Yes, if you were injured because you hit a semi-truck parked illegally on the highway, you can sue for compensation and justice. When a death occurs, family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company and truck driver.

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Truck accidents kill about 5,000 people each year. When an 80,000-pound semi-truck is stopped on the highway, it causes a serious hazard and puts lives in danger. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial truck drivers to warn other motorists if they make any kind of stop, other than a necessary traffic stop, on the highway or roadside. Under FMCSA safety regulations, truck drivers must immediately turn on hazard lights and set out warning devices such as triangles and flares within ten minutes to help prevent accidents.

Truck Accident Lawyers Hold Trucking Companies and Drivers Accountable

Our truck accident lawyers have seen firsthand the devastating consequences of truck drivers failing to follow safety procedures that protect people on the road. We have the experience and resources to hold trucking companies and drivers accountable. As part of our investigation of your case, we will…

  • Inspect the semi-truck and all other vehicles involved in the accident
  • Gather evidence needed to win your case including proof of hours of service violations, intoxication, etc
  • Hire experienced experts and accident reconstruction specialists
18 Wheeler Crash Inspection
Attorney Eric Hageman inspects an 18-wheeler that was involved in a crash.

In a recent wrongful death case, our truck accident lawyers represented the family of a man who died after crashing into a semi-truck illegally stopped on I-94. Our legal team helped the family file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver and the trucking company that employed that driver. Not only did our investigation find that the semi-truck was stopped on the highway without warning devices or hazard lights, but the truck driver was high on drugs and talking on his cell phone at the time of the crash.

Federal Law Requires Reflective Lighting to Help Prevent Serious Truck Accidents

Poor visibility while driving after dark is one of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents. Federal regulations require all semi-tractor-trailers to have working lighting devices and reflectors to increase visibility. Serious accidents can happen when semi-trucks have inadequate or defective lighting. Any broken lights or reflectors should be discovered in a pre-trip inspection, which is required by law before every haul. If you or a family member crashed into a semi-truck that violated federal lighting requirements, you may be able to sue the trucking company and driver.

Recent News

  • Two people died in a fiery crash after a car struck a disabled semi on I-90 in Sparta, Wisc. on Monday, September 13.
  • Jeffrey S. Christiansen of Hopkins, Minn. died after colliding with a semi-truck blocking both lanes of Highway 55 while backing into a driveway in Wright County on Friday, September 10.

About our Award-Winning Truck Accident Lawyers

Our truck accident lawyers have been representing crash victims and their families for the past 40 years. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, many of whom were injured or killed by negligent truck drivers. Attorney Eric Hageman was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for his work helping truck accident clients get full and fair compensation. For a free consultation with our legal team, please call 1-888-377-8900, text 612-261-0856, or fill out the form below.

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