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Billerica Truck Accidents

Billerica is located in Middlesex County, 20 miles northwest of Boston. It got its name from the town of Billericay in Essex, England. Billerica was incorporated in 1655 and is now home to approximately 38,000 people. This beautiful town has many attractions to offer, including Great Brook Farm State Park, Warren H. Manning State Park, and the Minute Man National Historical Park, where the opening battle of the American Revolution is brought to life.

The historic Middlesex Canal, a “superhighway” in its day, once traversed the town of Billerica from north to south. Remnants of the canal are now part of a renovation project to restore portions of this landmark waterway. The Middlesex Canal Museum, situated in a romantic, picturesque setting, is dedicated to collecting and showcasing the early days of the canal.

Massachusetts has some of the most dangerous roads in the U.S., particularly in the greater Boston metro area, and the situation is getting worse. Traffic fatalities increased statewide by 21% in 2021, as reported by Boston 25 News.

With the rise in online shopping and global supply chain disruptions, more trucks than ever are clogging the roads today, increasing the risk of a deadly crash for other motorists. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving a large commercial truck, speak with an experienced Billerica truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?

After a serious truck accident, the time you have to file a claim for compensation is limited. The statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) is three years for truck accidents in Massachusetts. The sooner you take action, the better. We recommend contacting our Billerica personal injury attorneys right away so we can begin investigating the crash and collecting evidence before it is destroyed.

Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?

Many truck accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the driver, the trucking company, or another party. Common causes of big rig collisions include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Brake or other equipment failure
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Overloading the truck
  • Driver distraction or inattention
  • Speeding
  • Violations of federal regulations
  • Negligent hiring of drivers

How Is Liability for a Truck Accident Established?

Trucking companies and their drivers are subject to state and federal regulations. For example, they must follow the rules pertaining to:

  • Licensing
  • Weight restrictions
  • Proper cargo loading
  • Minimum rest periods for drivers
  • Proper truck maintenance
  • Driver experience and training
  • Speed limits and traffic laws

If violations of one or more laws or regulations caused the collision, the driver, trucking company, parts manufacturer, or another party may be at fault and liable for damages.

Who Is Liable for Truck Accident Injuries?

Truck accidents are complex case with multiple potentially liable parties, including:

  • Driver: The trucker who was operating the vehicle may be liable if he or she was distracted, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving carelessly, lacking proper licensing, or driving in violation of hours of service regulation.
  • Trucking company: The company may be liable for a crash if its failure to perform regular inspections, proper maintenance, or repairs caused it. Trucking companies may also be held liable for negligent hiring practices or pressuring drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines.
  • Manufacturer: If the crash was caused by truck equipment failure because of a defective part, the parts manufacturer may be liable.

If you have been the victim of a serious truck accident, contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free consultation. We can advise you of your options under the law.