Posted on: 28 November 2018
When it comes to moving things from point A to point B, nothing transports goods like a tractor trailer. These gigantic trucks fill the roadways and most of what you own likely took a trip inside one. Unfortunately, when lots of goods must be moved, the means to do so can create road hazards for others. If you've been hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck, read on to find out more about being compensated for your damages.
Big Truck Dangers
In a contest between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck, the smaller passenger car never wins. These trucks are heavy and travel at high speeds. Where two similar vehicles wreck and create serious injuries, when a big truck is part of the equation the injuries can be devastating and catastrophic. Trucking companies owe those who share the road with their drivers a duty to use due care and to be aware of the increased dangers.
Common Causes Of Accidents Involving Tractor Trailers
The causes of big rig accidents can be traced to several issues:
Fatigue – Tired drivers are bad drivers, which is why the federal government mandates the maximum number of hours a trucker can be on the road. Unfortunately, drivers don't always follow those rules when they have deadlines for getting the goods delivered within a certain time-frame. Your personal injury attorney should request the driving log to ascertain the potential for this form of negligence.
Braking and size – The heavier the vehicle, the longer it takes that vehicle to come to complete stop. When the truck is fully loaded the stopping time can be even longer. Skid marks on the roadway should be photographed to show braking.
Distractions – While the issue of distracted driving is not confined to truckers, their job tasks may require more dependence on devices like navigators, radios, cell phones, and more. Additionally, the nature of being a truck driver and being on the road for long periods of time can mean eating and drinking while driving, which can also be distracting.
Load shifting – When a semi-trailer is improperly loaded, the cargo can shift when making a lane change or turning a corner. When that happens, the ability of the driver to control the rig is compromised and sets up the potential for a jack-knifing accident.
Maintenance – Bad breaks are always dangerous. When you take into account how bad brakes and other poorly maintained equipment can create problems, it can have deadly results. Your attorney will subpoena the maintenance records of the trucking company.
Accidents involving big rigs tend to cause more serious injuries and deserve the attention of a personal injury attorney. You have the right to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and more.
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