Trucks behaving very different to Cars in Traffic

Trucks behaving very different to Cars in Traffic

Because of the huge size and weight of semi trucks, they require much more distance to stop than smaller vehicles. A semi tractor trailer traveling at 55 miles per hour requires 400 feet to come to a complete stop. A car traveling at the same speed needs only 225 feet. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that approximately 30 percent of semi-truck accidents have been affected by a poorly adjusted brake system. Regardless of where you live, if you have been in an accident because of a semi tractor trailer that failed to stop in time, contact a Texas semi tractor trailer accident attorney. We will provide the expert representation you need to help you achieve full compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle. commercial truck accident lawyers Texas

Are semi trucks required to carry insurance?

The Federal Motor Carriers Association governs certain trucking companies whose trucks travel between states and requires the companies to have at least $750,000 worth of bodily injury and property damage insurance on each truck and driver. However most companies carry $1,000,000 worth auto liability insurance. Trucking companies that are not under federal jurisdiction are typically required by their particular state government to maintain a specified amount of insurance on their trucks and drivers.

What is the best way to deal with a semi-truck company insurer?

You should not deal with semi-truck company insurers. After an accident with a semi truck, insurance companies will try to pay you the least amount possible in a settlement. Contact an attorney and consult with him before accepting any offers from an insurance company. Our attorneys will advise your how to best handle the insurance company.

What happens during an investigation after a truck accident?

After a trucking accident, an investigation will generally be made by police and the trucking company’s insurers in order to gather evidence about the specifics of the crash. However, this evidence rarely helps victims in a court of law. After a trucking accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. We will perform a thorough investigation of your accident to ensure that an accurate description of the accident may be conveyed in court. We may also do accident reconstruction to ensure that you get the best chance in court.

Insurance companies are not hired to give you the compensation you deserve. They are hired to protect the insurer’s assets. If you need to go to court after the semi tractor trailer accident, it will be crucial to have information from investigators not connected with the truck’s insurance company. Without an accident investigation performed by our experts, evidence that could be crucial to your case may be overlooked or destroyed. accident injury lawyers

Are multi-trailer trucks more dangerous than single-trailer trucks?

Multi-trailer trucks are definitely more dangerous than single-trailer trucks. Because they carry more weight, these types of vehicles are often more difficult to handle. They also have more connection points between the trailers, which make them vulnerable to swinging out or jackknifing. Experts estimate that these types of multi-trailer semi trucks on average are two to three times more likely to be in an accident than single-trailer semis.

What factors contribute to semi tractor trailer accidents?

A semi tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, whereas an average-size car weighs about 3,000 pounds. The weight disparity between the two vehicles puts a car’s occupants at a huge disadvantage when a collision occurs. The height of a truck also can make it more difficult to control during high winds. An 80,000-pound truck striking a much smaller vehicle even at low speed can result in a devastating crash that leaves the victims with serious injuries.

Semi tractor trailer drivers face stiff deadlines when delivering their freight. Although state and federal government regulations dictate how much time a driver can spend on the road without a break to sleep or rest, trucking companies will often pressure drivers to ignore these very important laws. A tired truck driver is less attentive and more prone to making mistakes. It is estimated that drivers are 77 percent more likely to report falling asleep while driving when they ignore regulations for getting sufficient rest. A driver’s exhaustion is often a contributing factor to tragic accidents in which innocent victims suffer severe injuries or even wrongful death.

Some truck drivers may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In order to stay awake longer, drivers may use methamphetamine or another stimulant. This increases the chances for a semi tractor trailer to be involved in a roadway collision, a rural road accident, or an auto accident. 18 wheeler accident lawyers

When should I contact a trucking accident lawyer?

Contact a lawyer immediately after an accident with a semi tractor trailer. The trucking company’s insurers are almost certain to conduct their own investigation after a crash. It is of utmost importance that you contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. We will investigate your case and help you navigate the complicated legal system.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?
Our law office offers their services on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t get paid until you obtain compensation for the financial impact and emotional trauma you are forced to suffer as a result of an accident. More information on this website

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT
IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.

Immediate Action after a Trucking Accident : What to do

Immediate Action after a Trucking Accident

When a 40-ton semi truck is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle, physics has already determined who will lose. The steps taken right after tractor trailer accidents are based on safety and common sense:

Remove yourself and others from danger. This takes precedence over anything else. Busy highways are dangerous places. You do not want to be the victim of a secondary accident. If possible, get off the road and away from any vehicles that may catch on fire or any cargo that has been spilled from an overturned 18 wheeler.
Do not leave the scene of the accident.commercial truck accident lawyers Texas

Call 911

You might need emergency medical service for you or a passenger. Even if you do not think you are injured, you must still call to report the accident. If you cannot find your cell phone, ask to use someone else’s. Do not assume others have called. You may have information that will help the dispatcher send the appropriate equipment to the scene.

Take pictures if possible. The advent of cell phones that can also take pictures has changed the way accidents are documented. Even the police now regularly take pictures of an accident scene. Photographic documentation preserves information that will be lost after vehicles are moved by police personnel or tow truck operators.

Obey any directions from police and medical personnelYou will be interviewed by both the police and medical personnel. Be clear and report anything that happened, even if it seems minor, to the first responders. It may be important later and you should mention any loss of consciousness, abrasions from air bags, any vision problems, bruising or cuts… in short, anything physical damage you suffered, even if you do not wish emergency treatment.truck accident lawyers

Contact your Attorney

After your medical needs have been met, the next priority is to protect your legal rights. Making the wrong statements to the police, the truck driver, or others at the scene can affect your chances to obtain a full and fair settlement. The trucking company or their insurance carrier may send a representative to the accident. If the big rig has flipped or jackknifed, it can take an hour or more to clean up and this is valuable time that might be lost if you delay.

Notify your Insurance Company

In most states, you will be required to share insurance information with any other drivers. Do not attempt to get documents from your vehicle until it is safe to do so! This is usually after the police have arrived to control other traffic. When talking to your insurance company keep your statements brief and to the point. You are reporting an accident – you do not have to give all the details at this time.

Obtain information from other parties

You should note all the information you can about the truck, the trucking company (many are leased and owned by someone other than the driver), the markings and plate on both the trailer and the tractor (the front ‘truck’ part of a semi truck), and whatever information you can get from the driver, such as insurance and contact information for his company.
You should also try to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Too often, witnesses leave after talking to the police, who may or may not get the information you need to contact them later.

Other steps

Your attorney will walk you through other things you should do after a trucking accident, and these will probably include seeing a doctor as soon as possible for an examination. It might include getting pictures of injuries you or others received.

Your lawyer will get a police report and contact witnesses. They will ask you to write out what happened as you remember it shortly after the accident. A good accident attorney knows that memories fade and having a written record may be critical later on.

Our Law Firm handles commercial truck accidents and can help you with your case. Although the initial steps above are very important, they only represent immediate action, there is much more to be done.

If you have been in a trucking accident, you may contact us for a free case evaluation.