Eighteen-wheeler accidents can devastate other vehicles and passengers in seconds. It is important to have a knowledgeable complex litigation team to protect you if you have been injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler truck. We understand the significant injuries that result and will fight to win you the justice and money damages you deserve.
An 18-wheeler is a tractor truck which pulls several semi-trailers. The tractor has 10 wheels while each trailer has eight hence the name 18-wheeler. These trucks haul an assortment of loads. The number of trailers it pulls determines its weight. However, the weight limits are determined by state laws as are the number of trailers. The most an 18-wheeler can weight is 80,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle only weights 5,000 pounds. Sometimes, truckers and the trucking company exceed the allowed maximum weight.
Exceeding the weight limit is a grievous act of negligence and definitely merits contacting an accident lawyer. Besides the crushing force, the excess weight makes it difficult for a driver to maintain control. Companies hold drivers to a tight schedule and often exceed the safe speed limit for a vehicle of a specific weight to get where they are going quicker and this can add to the lack of a control a driver experiences.
Causes of 18 Wheeler Accidents
The main causes of 18 wheeler accidents often stem from negligence and incompetence on the part of the truck driver and the trucking company. When a truck driver is not cautious while traveling on the road, it can lead to serious consequences for other people on the road. Usually, accidents happen due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Driver operating the truck in an aggressive manner
- Driver is operating the truck while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Truck driver is distracted and not paying attention to the road
- Truck hasn’t undergone proper inspection and maintenance
- The cargo was improperly loaded and secured on to the truck
Most automobiles are only designed to handle an impact with other standard passenger vehicles. Therefore, an 18 wheeler accident could lead to permanent injuries and fatalities. Some of the injuries people endure after an accident include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Burns on the legs, arms, torso and other parts of the body
- Broken limbs
It can be shocking after an accident to learn how expensive, time-consuming and frustrating the process can be. For many, pain does not present itself at the scene of the accident, however, the debilitating pain begins a day or two later. This can be difficult for many Americans who do not have health insurance or disability insurance. Therefore, it can be difficult to receive medical attention or income while out of work.
At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our dedicated staff is skilled in complex litigations like vehicle accidents. Our consultations are free and without obligation. Let our two decades of experience get justice for you.