Accidents involving large commercial trucks are far more common than you’d think. Not only do they happen every single day, but every 16 minutes in the United States! These commercial trucks– also known as tractor-trailers, big-rigs, 18-wheelers or semi-trucks – are frequently responsible for accidents in the U.S, and unfortunately, many of these accidents are fatal. Comparing the weight of a passenger vehicle to a tractor-trailer puts the potential for dangerous accidents in perspective. A typical car weighs only 3,000 pounds, whereas a fully-loaded truck weighs upwards of 80,000 pounds. Because of their size, most collisions involving tractor-trailers result in severe injuries or fatalities. Statistics show that 98 percent of fatalities resulting from accidents involving a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle occur to the people in the smaller passenger vehicle. (The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
What Causes Tractor-Trailer Accidents?
Due largely to tight delivery schedules that are required of big-rig drivers, many drivers suffer from driver fatigue. Strict delivery deadlines, unfortunately, mean that some drivers fail to pull over when tired, aggressively tailgate slower-moving vehicles, and fail to properly check their tires, brakes, and lights in an effort to stay on schedule. Driver fatigue also affects the driver’s ability to remain alert and avoid potentially dangerous driving conditions.
Reckless driving also contributes to these accidents. Failing to properly check what are called “no-zones”, many tractor-trailers collide with vehicles in blind spots in the rear, side, and front of the truck.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer for my Tractor-Trailer Accident?
Typically, when accidents involving big-rigs, 18-wheelers, or tractor-trailers occur, representatives from the tractor-trailer company are quickly sent to the scene in an effort to lessen the tractor-trailer driver’s responsibility for the accident. This is a potentially confusing situation, and when passenger vehicle drivers are easily taken advantage of by the large trucking companies. An experienced attorney, such as Ryan Harris and the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, will gather all the information necessary to aggressively represent injured victims. It is important to have a lawyer on your side to protect your rights. Deciding whether or not to hire a lawyer could be the difference between suffering long-term consequences from the accident, and getting real relief.
Hiring the right lawyer for your big-rig accident can make or break your lawsuit.
Ryan Harris and the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. are experienced trial attorneys that never have and never will represent insurance companies. Their proven record of successful results goes to show they are capable of achieving success in not only tractor-trailer accidents but many other areas of personal injury accidents as well. By working with experienced trial lawyers such as the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc., you will be able to get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, contact us for a free case consultation.