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The growth of the trucking industry is crucial for the US economy. According to the American Trucking Associations, 71 percent of all the cargo and freight tonnage is moved in and out of the US on trucks. And to move approximately 10.5 billion tons of cargo each year, the trucking industry needs more than 3.6 million Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and nearly 3.5 million skilled truck drivers. Simply stated, without the trucks and truck drivers the US economy would take a dip and practically come to a standstill.

Let’s take a look at the current scenario. At present the US trucking industry is short 60,000 drivers. This gap between the demand and supply of truck drivers is expected to increase in the years to come, and by 2026 the United States is likely to become short 175,000 truckers.

Exactly what are punitive damages and when do they apply?  Punitive damages are a civil remedy meant to punish a wrongdoer or tortfeasor, who due to their egregious conduct, has caused injury and damage to others.  Punitive damages are also meant to send a message to the community in an effort to deter the defendant, as well as others, from doing the same thing.

While there are many acts and instances in which punitive damages may apply, such as fraud or malice (both of which require an element of intent against the injured party), one of the most common examples we see in a personal injury setting is when the defendant is impaired, either through drugs or alcohol, at the time of a motor vehicle accident.  In those instances, there is usually no specific intent to harm a specific person.  Instead, the risk is general to anyone who has the unfortunate experience to come in contact with the impaired person that results in an accident that causes injury.  When a driver is impaired, for punitive damages purposes it is generally considered willful and wanton conduct.

The aftermath of a tractor trailer accident can be devastating. In these kinds of accidents, early investigation is a vital part of determining the cause of the collision. Because there is a lot at stake, trucking companies are likely going to begin their investigative work immediately. These companies usually have a wealth of resources at their disposal to conduct such an investigation. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the average individual. In this blog, we explain what to expect during an early investigation of a tractor trailer accident.

48 Hours After the Accident

The first two days after a tractor trailer accident are crucial to your case. The scene of an accident can provide important clues and evidence that might reveal how the collision transpired. These clues include:

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