Because of the size and weight of 18-wheeler, tractor trailer accidents often result in more serious or fatal injuries to motorists than other kinds of vehicular collisions. These cases often are also more complex and require extensive knowledge about auto accident reconstruction, transportation engineering, medical conditions, and the law surrounding trucking. At Larson Law, we have the skills, experience, and determination to help you.
Common causes of catastrophic tractor trailer crashes are well known. Professional truck drivers are sometimes the most skilled drivers on the road. However, truck drivers participate in the same hazardous behavior as other motorists, and the consequences of such hazardous behavior is usually more catastrophic when it involves one of the big rigs. Tractor-trailer owners, distributors, and manufacturers may have contributed to the dangers by cutting corners on vehicle maintenance, promising unrealistic delivery dates, or overloading trucks to send more products in each shipment. In addition, drivers are often pushed by their employers to deliver goods on time at the detriment of the safety of others on the highway.
Some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Sleep deprivation
- Switching lanes suddenly
- Use of alcohol, drugs and/or illegal substances
- Texting or talking on the phone while driving
- Unbalanced or dangerously heavy load
- Brake failure
- Tire failure
Claims arising out of a trucking accident may include multiple culpable parties, such as the driver, the owner of the tractor or trailer unit, the product distributor, mechanics and repair shops, as well as auto parts manufacturers.
Many large corporations have sophisticated risk management divisions geared to minimize exposure to liability. Corporate legal teams typically converge on the accident scene immediately following a crash to collect evidence, assess damages, and develop defense strategies to counter negligence claims. Commonly, companies offer low settlements to the victims in return for releases. We encourage you to not fall victim to one of these low settlement offers. We never accept an offer that is less than you may deserve under the facts of the case. At Larson Law, our lawyers challenge the largest corporations and protect your rights throughout the entire process. With the help of a dedicated investigation team, we will build a strong case and pursue the best compensation available either through arbitration or trial.