U.S. highways are the backbone of interstate freight transportation. Thousands of tractor-trailers travel millions of miles every year in order to bring products to consumers. Almost daily, the news reports an accident involving a tractor-trailer, usually involving other motorists. No one has chance in a collision with a large truck. In addition to causing substantial property damage, the injuries sustained in a car-truck accident can range from catastrophic to deadly.
Tractor-trailers can weigh well over 100,000 pounds. Whether empty or full, they are dangerous. Nationwide, a person is seriously injured or killed every 16 minutes in a truck accident. When these accidents involved tractor trailers, 98% of the fatalities occur to individuals who are in passenger vehicle.
The majority of professional truck operators are excellent drivers. Some of them participate in continuing driver education throughout their careers, because they realize their added obligations to safety when operating a 16 wheel tractor trailer along the highways and bye ways of our country.
Unfortunately, there are exceptions to these men and women who are dedicated to safety on the road. Some drivers are not properly trained. Some are not even licensed correctly. Others drive improperly maintained vehicles, leading to equipment malfunctions and failures. Some drive fatigued, in violation of state laws, in order to make an extra buck. Sometimes even good drivers working in lousy conditions can result in serious injury or death.
Semi -truck drivers, and the companies they work for, have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. When some put profit before people, then we are all in danger. Unsafe driving, oversized loads and other negligent practices put the public and the truck operators in serious danger.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you know how frightening the experience can be. The experienced truck accident lawyers at Trantolo & Trantolo can help you get through the claim process, so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. We will deal with the trucking company and all insurance companies involved making sure you get the settlement you deserve.
Call now to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney.