A fully loaded, full sized commercial tractor/trailer (semi) can weigh as much as eighty thousand pounds, that’s forty tons of weight barreling down the road at highway speeds.
A semi-truck requires more time and distance to come to a stop at highway speeds, than other lighter, smaller vehicles under ideal driving conditions, this is especially true of a fully loaded and heavy semi-truck. In poor weather conditions, like snow and rain, a semi requires even more stopping space and distance to come to a complete stop than it requires under normal ideal driving conditions. Poor weather and disregard of the roadway conditions can magnify the damage and injury caused to other drivers and their vehicle occupants in the event of a collison with a semi-truck.
When a semi collides with an automobile, motorcycle or pedestrian the resultant injuries and damages to the human body can be devastating and catastrophic. As you might imagine, the medical costs and rehabilitation costs incurred to the injured person can be monumental.
If you have been injured in a collision with a commercial truck, call the Andrews Law Firm today, make sure that you have the right law firm, and the right truck accident attorney working on your behalf to ensure that you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to. If you have been injured in a collision with a commercial truck let the Andrews Law Firm handle the negotiation and litigation of your injury case. Focus on recovery, and let us handle the negotiation of your claim and if need be, litigation of your claim to ensure that you get all the treatment, medical care and ultimately the compensation that you deserve.
Negligent commercial truck drivers and their employers which cause injury to other drivers are financially responsible for their actions. What is Negligence? Negligence, is a deviation from that standard of care that a normal reasonable prudent person would take in the same circumstance.
Below is a listing of some examples of negligent and grossly negligent operation of a commercial truck:
- Overtired driving or driving more hours in a day or week than is legally allowed for a commercial truck driver.
- Failure to obey traffic control devices (traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs, etc…)
- Speeding, and
- Operation of the truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Executing turns without use of mirrors or checking blind spots
- Multiple lane changes without notice
- Careless driving or other dangerous driving maneuvers
- Improperly maintained equipment or tires
- Inability to make a visual connection with other vehicles in traffic (i.e. truck blind spots)