trucking accident

trucking accident 2As you travel throughout the Wiregrass area, and the remainder of Alabama and Georgia, you will undoubtedly see numerous 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other large commercial vehicles. When loaded, these large vehicles may weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can cause serious harm if a truck driver loses control. In a collision between an average 3,000-pound car and a tractor trailer that weighs 20 to 30 times as much as the car, the injuries are often catastrophic, life-changing or fatal for those in the smaller vehicle. Some of the more serious injuries that occur in trucking accidents are:

  • Brain injury or head trauma;
  • Spinal cord injury;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Paralysis;
  • Neck and shoulder injury;
  • Broken collarbones;
  • Pelvic fractures;
  • Broken bones; and
  • Internal injuries.

Trucking accidents are more complex than your standard automobile accident. Trucking accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, which further adds to their complexity. Many of these conditions are addressed in laws and regulations created by the federal government to maintain the safety of vehicles sharing the road with trucks. These include:

  • Poor weather conditions
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience or lack of proper training
  • Incorrectly loaded cargo
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Speeding
  • Unfamiliarity with an area
  • Illegal and legal drug use
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Vehicle blind spots

Further complicating trucking accidents is the issue of liability. Unlike a “regular” automobile accident, numerous parties may be liable in a trucking accident. This is due to the commercial nature of the trucking industry. Parties that may be held liable in semi-truck accidents include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Shipping companies
  • Semi-truck and tractor-trailer owners or leasing companies
  • Cargo loading agents
  • Maintenance providers
  • Truck manufacturers
  • Vehicle parts manufacturers

The serious injuries which result from a trucking accident require long-term care. They may affect the victim’s ability to support a family and enjoy life. We’ve worked firsthand with families of trucking accident victims who may wonder how they can cope with both the physical injuries and economic impact. Selecting the right law firm can make all the difference when working through these tragedies. Contact us today.

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