Each year in the United States, there are around 500,000 accidents involving big trucks, also known as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, or tractor-trailers. Commerce in the United States is dependent in large part upon these big rigs – and they do serve a very important purpose. Indeed, it’s nearly impossible to travel far on any major highway on any given day without seeing several. These large trucks are simply a part of life, and we rely upon them in many ways. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous, though.
The truth is that many tractor-trailers can weigh up to as much as 80,000 pounds, while the typical passenger vehicle only weighs around 4,000 pounds. As a result, the damage they are capable of inflicting can be quite severe. Because of the sheer size of these vehicles, victims of tractor-trailer accidents typically face a significantly higher risk of serious injury or death than those involved in accidents with other cars on the roadway. These accidents can happen in an instant, but the damage they cause can be long-lasting.
If you have been the victim of a tractor-trailer accident, it is important to understand that there may be more than one defendant potentially responsible for the accident, and as a result, liable for damages in your claim. Some of the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents include:
These are only a few of many possible causes of these accidents. As a result of the numerous ways in which these accidents can occur, there might potentially be several possible defendants including the truck driver, the company that hired the truck driver, the company providing and loading the cargo, the company responsible for maintaining the truck, and more. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will be able to help you determine the potential defendants in your claim, and the best legal strategies for moving forward.
If you are the victim of a tractor-trailer accident, you probably feel overwhelmed and anxious. You might feel uncertain and even panicked about where you’ll find the money to pay for a constant stream of medical bills, and still continue to provide for your family. You may feel angry. You may be grieving the loss of your ability to do many things that you once enjoyed. All of these feelings are completely normal. One thing you should never be feeling though, is alone.
If a tractor-trailer accident has left you with injuries and damages, you have the legal right to be fairly compensated for those losses. Depending upon the nature of your accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation not only for your medical treatment, but also for lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to your car or other personal property, loss of consortium, and more. Moreover, if you were not the victim of the accident yourself, but a family member tragically passed away as a result of an accident, you may have the right to wrongful death damages on their behalf.
In order to begin the process of recovering the compensation you’re entitled to, your first step (after seeking the medical treatment you need) should be talking to a knowledgeable and experienced attorney that you trust. At The Clauson Law Firm, that’s where we come in.
At The Clauson Law Firm, we have represented countless tractor-trailer accident victims for more than a decade. As a result, we know that being in an accident of this nature can be overwhelming. We also know that many people who have been involved in these accidents have questions and worries. It is our hope to be able to provide answers, and a path forward to recovering the compensation that you deserve as a result of an accident that was not your fault.
If you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the next step toward moving forward to a healthy new chapter with the compensation for your injuries that you’re entitled to, now is a great time to begin doing exactly that. We would be honored to have the opportunity to speak with you. We’d like to learn your story, and tell you how we may be able to help. Please visit us on our website at www.clausonlaw.com, or call us at (833)680-0177. We look forward to speaking with you soon.