Tractor trailers, also known as eighteen wheelers and big rigs, are essential to our way of life. They carry goods to and from destinations throughout the country on our interstate, intrastate, city, local, county, town and village highways and roads.
Tractor trailers are large, especially if rigged in tandem, and have the unique task of sharing the roadways with passenger cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs and minivans. What tractor trailer and passenger car drivers frequently overlook is the fact that a tractor trailer traveling at 70 miles per hour has nearly double the energy of a tractor trailer traveling at 50 miles per hour. Passenger cars were not built to protect against forty ton trucks, and forty ton trucks were not built to mitigate collision damage to passenger cars.
Tractor trailers and cars frequently collide – as often as every sixteen minutes. Many times injuries sustained in tractor trailer accidents are severe because of the size of the vehicles involved and the force associated with a collision. Tractor trailer accidents can occur for many reasons, including:
While no dollar amount can adequately compensate for a loss, the legal system permits compensation where the injured party can prove that another negligently caused his/her harm. The amount of recovery is determined either by a jury at trial, or through a fair settlement made prior to trial.
If you or a loved one have experienced a severe personal injury in a trucking accident, we may be able to help. To learn about your rights, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC, at 1-800-336-LAWS, email@example.com, or complete a contact form.