Given the size and speed of semi trucks on the road, an accident with one can result in severe injury and loss to the accident victim. The harsh reality of these accidents is only sharpened when we consider that truck and trailer drivers are often pulling long shifts, leading to drowsiness, distraction, and general inattention while on the road.
If you have been injured in a truck and trailer accident, contact the lawyers at Hart & David as soon as possible. We can assess your case and determine what legal actions need to be taken to secure you the compensation you deserve.
There are a number of factors that could lead to a tractor trailer accident. The sheer bulk of the truck can limit visibility and make it harder for the driver to slow down or stop. It can also be harder to maneuver in harsh weather, such as when strong wind gusts push against the broad side of the trailer. Other common causes include:
- Drowsiness or fatigue, which are common due to the long hours truck drivers spend on the road
- Distracted or intoxicated truck drivers
- Overloaded trailers, making stopping more difficult and tipping more likely
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Faulty parts used in the manufacture of the truck or trailer, including non-mechanical components like tires and seatbelt
- Poor road maintenance
Thousands of accidents every year involve semi trucks and trailers. Since these are very large, heavy vehicles, crashes involving them often result in serious, life-altering injuries. This can not only exact heavy medical expenses from you, but also result in lost wages and earning ability, permanent disability, and lasting pain and suffering.
Determining the liable party in a truck and trailer accident is a challenge, requiring thorough examination of the various factors at play in the crash and careful analysis of evidence. Thus, you need to be sure you get as much evidence as possible as soon as you can after an accident. This will help establish the details of the crash and give some information on how it occurred.
Multiple parties may be liable for a crash, including the driver, the company that owns the truck, the manufacturer of the vehicle, manufacturers of replacement parts, vendors, or even those who designed parts used in the vehicle. If it is found that someone along the line did not comply with regulations and standards of safety, and if that mistake resulted in your accident, they can be held responsible for your injuries.
Taking Legal Action
The legal action you will need to take after a truck and trailer accident begins with a consultation with Hart & David’s personal injury lawyers. We will assess your case and determine whether it’s viable. From there, we’re able to develop a plan of attack using the evidence available to solidify your position during negotiations.
We can help you reach a settlement with the responsible party, securing you the compensation you need to carry forward. In the event that your case goes to court, we’ll represent you and do everything possible to ensure you recover damages. For a free, confidential consultation, contact Hart & David today.