Personal Injury Law – Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer collisions are often deadly for passengers of smaller cars and light trucks. In many cases, a truck cannot remain upright during an accident, making the chance for crushing a passenger vehicle more likely. One of the more dangerous types of crashes is known as a “jackknife” when the trailer flips over on its side. More here. The size and weight of large trucks also make them more challenging to maneuver, and visibility is often limited due to increased blind spots.
The causes of tractor-trailer accidents extend beyond the obvious limitations that a large truck poses to the most qualified driver. Numerous other factors can contribute:
Driver intoxication – either alcohol or drug use
Negligent hiring practices on the part of the trucking company – hiring drivers with DWI records or poor driving performance
An unsafe or unbalanced load
Inadequate trucking company safety and training policies
Lax trucking company logbook requirements
Falsified driver logs
Defective tires or other defective equipment
Improper truck maintenance
With multiple trucking companies and drivers traveling across the country, the potential for collisions among tractor-trailers and other vehicles is significant, and the cost can be enormous. There is not only the financial cost to the company for the loss of business and/or goods as a result of the collision, but the cost to victims and their families harmed when a large tractor-trailer crashes into another vehicle.
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If you are involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, your most immediate focus will be on obtaining urgent medical treatment. Life-altering injuries can be a tragic consequence even with the best medical care. So it is important to consider the cause of the truck accident, and whether someone else is to blame for an accident that may have a long-term impact on you and your family’s future.
Our Law Firm has experience handling tractor-trailer accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a tractor-trailer collision, please contact the truck accident lawyers at our Law Firm today.