Large tractor trailers can be a lot more deadly on the road than the smaller passenger cars, trucks or SUVs. Not only because of their huge size, but because they need a lot more room in order to stop completely, have large blind spots on both sides of the trailers as well as at the back of the truck, and carry heavier and larger cargo. Their loads have also been known to leave debris scattered all over the roads causing driving hazards for other vehicles. Because the center of gravity is so much higher on these trucks, they can also turn over a lot more easily than other vehicles on the roads.
Another more serious hazard of these trucks are that if a driver a commuter vehicle, such as a car, van, SUV, or pickup truck have little to no protection against these behemoths in a collision. Injuries sustained with a tractor trailer can be extremely severe and include brain damage, spinal damage or even death.
If you have an accident with an 18 wheeler truck, you could possibly sustain life-altering injuries. In Texas alone, the Houston area has some of highest volumes of tractor trailer traffic in the United States. Tractor trailer accidents can be caused by blow-outs, unsafe loads, and driver error. These cause numerous injury claims and wrongful death suits annually. It is a sad fact that many tractor trailer companies train their drivers more on what to say to get out of an accident rather than on how to avoid accidents altogether. This practice teaches the drivers how to react so they are not held liable for accidents that occur. With these types of things happening on our nations roadways, it is absolutely essential to hire an experienced lawyer who has dealt with tractor trailer accidents before, and you must file your claim within a certain amount of time to avoid losing their right to a recovery settlement.
Many times after a catastrophic accident with a tractor trailer, many families do not know where to turn. That is where an experienced attorney comes into the picture. When an accident is caused by driver neglect or unsafe practices by the tractor trailer driver, your attorney will be able to investigate and get to the bottom of what exactly caused the accident and who is liable.
In the United States alone, over 500,000 motor vehicle accidents has happened every year involving tractor trailer trucks. These accidents resulted in over 5,000 deaths and many more horrific injuries. Sometimes the cause of these accidents is mechanical failure on behalf of the truck itself, but more often than not, the cause is driver failure, or negligence. These drivers can fall asleep at the wheel which can contribute to a loss of attention… even for a split second. This loss of attention can easily mean the difference between life and death on the road. Another cause of accidents on the roads with these huge vehicles is drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Or maybe they are distracted by using their cell phone, or reading a newspaper. No matter what the cause, you can be sure that an experienced accident attorney will get you the settlement you deserve.