Holding Negligent Drivers Responsible For Your Suffering
We all travel around large tractor-trailers every day. However, crashes with these large vehicles can lead to serious accidents and severe injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash due to the negligence of a tractor-trailer driver or a trucking company, The Hayes Law Firm is ready to help. Our qualified and experienced team will investigate your crash so we can secure the compensation you need to get through this. Call us at 323-693-1052.
Tractor-Trailer Accidents Can Lead To Severe Injuries
When we discuss tractor-trailer accidents, we can turn to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which says that a fully-loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Compare this to the average passenger vehicle that weighs 4,000 pounds, and you can see why these incidents can cause so much damage. According to the FMCSA, there were 4,761 fatalities and nearly 150,000 total injuries due to large truck accidents during the latest reporting year in the U.S. Frankly, our economy relies heavily on businesses that depend on large commercial trucks.
Injuries from these crashes can be severe. It is not uncommon for our tractor-trailer accident attorneys to see the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Victims with these injuries usually need extensive medical care. Many large truck accident victims require long-term care and risk losing their jobs and income.
How Do These Accidents Happen?
There are various causes of tractor-trailer accidents. Many of them revolve around truck driver negligence, while others are the result of the negligence of the trucking company.
Truck drivers must be properly licensed and trained. They should always follow all FMCSA hours of operation for each day and workweek. Truck drivers should never operate while impaired by alcohol or drugs and should never operate while distracted by their phones or other devices.
Truck companies have a duty to ensure that all trucks are regularly inspected and maintained. If they fail to do so, there is a risk of failure of one or more of the following vital systems:
- And more
We Are Ready To Get The Compensation You Need
If you or someone you loved has been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to significant compensation. At The Hayes Law Firm, we are ready to get to work on your behalf. Our team will investigate what happened in your case in order to secure the compensation you need, including:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the crash
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the truck driver or company
Statistically speaking, those who get into a motor vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer tend to suffer serious injuries, including brain injuries, paralysis and spinal cord injuries. Clearly, the differences in size and weight between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle are the central factors that contribute to the severity of harm.
Often, personal injury cases stemming from tractor-trailer accidents are worth millions of dollars to compensate the victim for the devastating damages and losses, both economic and noneconomic. When seeking compensation from the driver of the tractor-trailer and the trucking company that employed the driver, it is vital to be represented by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Why Are Tractor-Trailer Accidents So Devastating?
A tractor-trailer accident can not only block roadways for hours but can also result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Tractor-trailer accidents are so dangerous due to several factors:
- The size. A tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 tons, while an average passenger vehicle weighs only around two tons.
- Reduced braking ability. Anyone who has ever operated a truck knows that these vehicles need a longer braking distance compared to passenger cars.
- Lack of maneuverability. Due to its size and braking ability, tractor-trailers are extremely difficult to maneuver and control, which makes it harder for drivers to avoid hazards and other motorists.
- Cargo. The presence of cargo makes a tractor-trailer even deadlier to collide with, especially when the truck is carrying flammable materials or other types of hazardous cargo.
Common Causes Of Tractor-Trailer Crashes
While causes of tractor-trailer accidents can vary from one crash to another, the vast majority of such collisions involve any of the following factors:
- Improperly loaded or secured cargo, which results in shifting cargo, and, in turn, causes the truck to overturn or jackknife
- Failure to keep a safe distance (as we have mentioned earlier, trucks need more time to stop, which makes it difficult for a trucker to maintain a safe distance)
- Improper or illegal maneuvers such as running red lights, failure to yield the right of way, illegal lane changes and others
- A stopped truck on the side of the road, which is a potential cause of collision with a passenger vehicle
- Passenger vehicles lingering in the tractor-trailer’s blind spots
- Underride crashes, which occur when a passenger car slams into the side of the tractor-trailer and crashes underneath
- Making too wide turns or taking too long to turn
Do You Need An Attorney?
Since injuries suffered by drivers and occupants of passenger vehicles in tractor-trailer accidents can cost hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, the injured party can benefit from hiring a skilled lawyer to recover maximum damages.
A qualified truck accident attorney will also help you navigate through California’s state laws that apply to tractor-trailer drivers and their trucking companies. It takes decades of experience and vast knowledge in personal injury law to build a compelling legal case and present it in a convincing manner.