|Trucking Accidents: Truck accidents occur for a number of reasons, including inexperience, fatigue, jackknifing, and overloaded cargo. Liabilty for trucking accidents is much more complex than auto accidents, and often require experts to reconstruct the accident.
The tremendous difference in size and weight between 18 wheelers and passenger cars often spells disaster for motorists. It has been estimated that as many as 10% of all fatal accidents are caused by 18-wheelers.
A big rig usually weighs in excess of 80,000 pounds and may be 65-75 feet long. Because of this tremendous difference in size and weight, big rigs produce distinct and peculiar issues in lawsuits: for instance, it takes a 40-ton 18-wheeler driving at 10 miles above the speed limit an additional 100 feet to stop. In many cases, this failure to brake correctly explains why big rigs are involved in rear-end collisions, or overturns trying to avoid rear-end collisions.
Additionally, the size and configuration of big rigs, when traveling on city streets, present unique and unusual risks to both pedestrians and motorists as the following trailer swings widely left or right, “squeezing” pedestrians, automobiles and bicyclists who are otherwise observing the legal right of way. Our attorneys have experience in successfully resolving claims against big rig drivers and the companies that hire them. Semi-truck drivers and the companies they work for have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Unsafe driving, loads which are too big or heavy, substandard equipment, dangerous tires, and other unsafe practices put innocent motorists at risk.
Our attorney members know what to look for when analyzing trucking accidents. They are familiar with the unique issues that arise, the federal regulations and commercial insurance issues that are involved, and the accident reconstruction problems that are unique to big-rig accidents.
If you, a member of your family, or someone close has been injured in an accident involving a semi-tractor or big rig, you should contact our truck accident attorneys referral center today.
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