Semi Truck Accidents


Due to their massive size and weight, trucks are capable of generating a tremendous amount of force. When they collide with smaller vehicles at high speeds, they can unleash untold devastation. During collisions, big trucks can cause serious damage to other automobiles on the road and severe injuries to both passengers and drivers.

At night, the factors that contribute to truck accidents are even higher. Many of the accidents, for example, are caused by truck drivers that simply do not see smaller vehicles that are driving next to them. At night, these vehicles are far less visible, especially when the roads are poorly lit. Another cause of many truck accidents is when truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel. It may go without saying, but driving while drowsy and insomnia related impairments are far more likely to occur at night.

Semi truck hits two vehicles on the road.

Accidents involving big trucks can be catastrophic and often scary. Anyone who has dealt with the aftermath of being injured by a big rig, knows the importance of getting in touch with an accident attorney and initiating a claim as soon as possible. That’s where the Nicks Law Firm comes in. If you were harmed by a careless or negligent truck driver in the Gulfport, Gulf Coast, or surrounding Mississippi area, Nicks Law Firm is ready to supply the legal representation you need.

The trucking industry is subject to many rules and regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep truck drivers and other motorists safe on the road. However, those rules are often broken in order to keep deliveries ahead of schedule and maximize profits. For example, drivers must maintain strict schedules depending on the type of truck they operate:

Passenger-Carrying Trucks

  • 10-hour limit: Drivers are allowed a maximum of 10 hours on the road per day after eight consecutive hours of rest.
  • 15-hour limit: Drivers are allowed a maximum of 15 hours on the road per day after eight consecutive hours of rest.
  • 60/70-hour on-duty limit: Drivers are allowed a maximum of 60/70 hours on the road in seven to eight consecutive days of driving.

Property-Carrying Trucks

  • 11-hour limit: Drivers are allowed a maximum of 11 hours on the road after having 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • 14-hour limit: Drivers are allowed a maximum of 14 hours on the road after having 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • 60/70-hour on-duty limit: Drivers are allowed a maximum of 60/70 hours on the road in seven to eight consecutive days of driving.
Big rig makes risky turn on a residential area.

FMCSA regulations are designed to prevent many common causes of truck accidents. The causes of trucking accidents in California can be different for every accident, but some of the most common reasons why truck accidents happen include:

  • Sleep-deprivation and drowsy driving
  • Over-loaded trailers
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Speeding and reckless driving

No matter what conditions caused your truck accident, you can count on the Gulf Coast truck accident lawyers at The Nicks Law Firm to give your claim the attention and resources it deserves.


Trucking companies have legal teams dedicated to protecting their business. If you’re involved in a truck accident, the trucking company’s lawyer or insurance provider may contact you and try to get you to accept a lowball settlement offer. Having a lawyer on your side can help ensure you aren’t victimized twice—first by the accident and a second time by the insurance company. But it’s important to make sure you hire the right lawyer for you and your family.

The Nicks Law Firm understands the difficulty that comes with dealing with a big truck accident claim. That’s why Attorney Shantrell Nicks is here to fight for your rights, so you can focus on your recovery. Medical bills, lost wages, and other financial burdens can build up debt pretty quickly. Shantrell Nicks knows you need proper compensation to help cover these costs. Let Nicks Law Firm handle the confusing legal process while you spend time recovering. We offer a no obligation free consultation to all personal injury victims.


At the Nicks Law Firm, we do not get paid unless you win. This means that you don’t owe us a cent unless your case settles or goes to trial. We know that the last thing you need to worry about is how to pay for an experienced car accident attorney when you are juggling medical bills, car repairs, time off work, and much more. Your recovery should be the most important.

Attorneys can be very expensive, especially when you are paying them by the hour. Here are The Nicks Law Firm, we represent Gulf Coast’s injured people on a contingent fee which means that we only take a fee in the event that we recover on your behalf. We consistently see clients that have attempted to negotiate with insurance companies that are receiving insulting low-ball offers from the insurance companies. We strive to add value to every case we touch. We aim to put as much money as possible in your pocket to ensure you’re fully and fairly compensated. We fight for your rights, and get you the compensation you deserve.

We are 100 percent committed to helping our clients. When you call Attorney Shantrell Nicks of the Nicks Law Firm, your case will be handled quickly and effectively as possible, keeping you informed every step of the way. Call Nicks Law Firm today at (228) 896-6425 for your free consultation.