TRUCK & CAR WRECKS
Semi-truck and tractor trailers cause many accidents every day. Because these vehicles are so large, typically weighing as much as 30 times more than a car, a collision with a truck can have devastating consequences. The driver and or passenger(s) of the automobile always fare worse. These vehicles are also hard to drive and maneuver. Truckers must exercise reasonable care not to injure others while rolling down the highway.
While driving alongside a wheel truck can cause high anxiety, semis and tractor-trailers are subject to special laws. These regulations are designed to protect the public and minimize the risk of accidents. State and federal laws require trucks to be routinely inspected and properly maintained. There are also specific regulations related to the size and weight limits of trucks and the freight being carried. In addition, truckers must also comply with specific rules — they must have special licenses and abide by hourly driving limits.
In spite of these rules and regulations, wheel trucks are often involved in accidents resulting from:
- Truck company negligence
- Improper maintenance
- Truck driver mistakes
- Trucker fatigue
- Distracted truck driving
- Adverse weather and road conditions
- Overweight trailers
- Unsafe or unsecured loads
- Transport of hazardous material
One of the leading causes of wheel-truck accidents is the failure to properly maintain these vehicles. The truck company may be negligent when maintenance is not sufficiently performed. While state law imposes hourly driving limits, truckers often drive many hours over long distances and are faced with strict delivery deadlines. For this reason, truckers often lack adequate sleep, become overly tired and easily distracted, any of which can lead to tragic consequences.
CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
Thousands of individuals are involved in car accidents each year. While high impact collisions often result in catastrophic injuries, people can also be harmed in minor fender benders. Given the fact that driving is a necessity in the state, your chances of being in a car crash are relatively high, no matter how safely you drive.
Most car accidents are the result of driver errors, including:
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Disobeying traffic signals
In order to have a successful car accident claim, you must demonstrate the following elements of negligence:
- The other driver had a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner
- The other driver breached that duty
- The actions of the other driver caused the accident
- The accident directly caused your injuries and monetary losses
Additionally, when car accidents are caused by defects in the road, a curb or median, inoperable streetlights, or a faulty traffic signal, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible city, county, or state agency. Before filing a lawsuit, however, you must file a notice of claim with the appropriate government agency within 6 months of the date of the injury. Finally, when car accidents are caused by mechanical defects, a product liability lawsuit can be brought against the automaker or distributor.
SUFFERING FROM OTHER INJURIES?
Chemical & Toxic Exposure
Decades of industrial activity left their mark hidden in the soil and air. When allowed to come in contact with the human body, serious and often deadly consequences result.