Why Are Tractor-Trailer Accidents So Dangerous?
At Moore Law Firm, our tractor-trailer accident attorneys have seen the devastating physical, emotional and financial impact a crash with an 18-wheeler can have on victims’ lives. The average car weighs about 3,000 pounds, and a large truck that’s carrying a full load can weigh more than 70,000 pounds. Due to their large size and weight, tractor-trailers need a lot more stopping distance than passenger vehicles do. Because of these vast differences in size and weight, drivers and other occupants of a passenger vehicle are more likely to suffer traumatic or fatal injuries in a crash with an 18-wheeler.
Who Is Liable For My Injuries And Other Damages?
Depending on the circumstances, both the truck driver and the company he or she works for may be liable in a tractor-trailer accident, but many trucking companies often try to avoid liability and claim that the driver is an independent contractor.
There are specific federal regulations that include limits on the number of hours drivers can be on the road, weight limits and regulations on the type of cargo and how it should be hauled. These laws also regulate the proper inspection and documentation of these vehicles. An Alabama tractor-trailer accident attorney can determine which parties should be held responsible for your injuries and help you navigate the complexities of federal regulations that govern interstate trucking companies and their drivers.
Will A Tractor-Trailer Attorney Investigate My Case?
The short answer? Yes. Many trucks have black box recorders that contain evidence tractor-trailer accident lawyers can utilize in investigations. An experienced truck accident attorney also will collect witness statements, review police reports and the driver qualification file (DQF) from the trucking company, which includes detailed information about the driver’s records, history and medical test results.
When Should I Call A Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney?
Do not give a statement to an insurance adjuster or sign anything without first seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable tractor-trailer attorney. In most cases, insurance companies try to pay as little as possible or even deny valid tractor-trailer accident claims. It is important to IMMEDIATELY contact an attorney to assist you on the case. There are important steps that need to be done to preserve evidence that if not done appropriately could lead to the loss of evidence that is vital to your case.
If you’ve been injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other vehicle, contact Moore Law Firm to schedule a consultation with an Alabama attorney who will fight to protect your rights and help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.