Whether you call them trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semis, or big rigs, these vehicles can cause serious accidents. Trucking accidents are a unique kind of accident case that must be handled appropriately to get you the compensation you deserve. While trucking accidents make up a mere 6% of total accidents on the road, these crashes a responsible for twice as many fatal crashes. Chances are, if you have been injured by a commercial vehicle on the road, you need some help. There are many reasons why truck crashes are different from a car crash besides the sheer size, but to give some perspective, tractor trailers weigh more than even the largest SUV, causing more damage than a car. The EPA estimates that an empty tractor trailer weigh about 35,000 lbs. That’s 17 tons or 7 times larger than a Ford F150 truck for some perspective. But more than that, trucking companies, usually a commercial carrier, are subject to safety and driving rules that drivers of cars are not. Lawyers who handle truck accidents need to move quickly to investigate these cases to find if truck drivers are overworked, driving long hours, and not taking the rests and breaks they need to drive carefully. Further, truck drivers will often lie about these very issues because it could be the difference of continued employment for the driver. There may be evidence of safety issues, or lack of repair to trucks.
Siegel Injury Law knows how to look for evidence that trucks may be run down, overdriven, or poorly maintained. This all adds up to unsafe conditions for people on the road with trucks. If you or a loved one has been hit by a truck, we understand the specific challenges faced when dealing with trucking companies and drivers not wanting to tell the truth. We have years of experience looking for trucking violations, tired drivers, and holding commercial truck companies accountable for their failures to keep you save on the road. Navigating truck accidents can be tricky. We are committed to looking at every angle of a trucking accident to find the truth and help those injured by these harmful acts get just compensation.