Whether you were injured while driving 18 wheeler or struck by a tractor-trailer, the weight and size of a commercial truck multiplies the force that is applied to your body when there is a truck accident.
This means that not only are you more likely to be hurt when involved in a truck accident, but the forces involved mean that you are more likely to suffer a severe injury.
There are some things you should know if you been injured in a truck accident. We will talk about them right now.
The Black Box
There is no question that we live in the age of the computer. Commercial trucks usually have computers in them called a “black box” and at records speed and other data about the crash in the moments leading up to the crash.
If there is a question of whose fault the crash was, or how the crash happened, information in the black box may be necessary. Obviously, it is always more important to have witnesses who can say exactly what happened. But having a truck accident lawyer who knows about the black box and knows how to get the data from the black box can make it more likely that you will get a good outcome in your case.
Over the road truck drivers are required to keep logbooks. That is because there are federal restrictions on how long they are allowed to drive in a 24-hour period, but also weekly and monthly. Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of crashes on expressways and highways.
Can you see how a Judge or Jury would want to know if the driver who struck you was in violation of Federal laws?
If the driver has been driving for more hours than he is allowed to, he was probably driving fatigued and that may have caused your crash.
Even local truck drivers are restricted in the number of hours they can spend behind the wheel and how much overtime they can work behind the wheel of the truck. That is because state and federal governments understand how dangerous a fatigued driver is if he is calling 30,000, 40,000, or 50,000 pounds of freight.
How A Commercial Truck Handles
When you are hauling a heavy load like truck drivers do every day, most drivers have no idea how hauling extremely heavy loads affect acceleration, braking, and maneuvering.
When a truck is fully loaded, making sure that the air brakes are in perfect operating condition and that the tires and other maintenance has been done on the truck is very important.
The super heavyweight truck drivers haul make maneuvering their commercial trucks very difficult. They require a lot more stopping time and they are nowhere near as maneuverable as even the largest passenger vehicle.
Sometimes truck accidents are the result of a car, motorcycle, or other passenger vehicle not giving a semi -truck or commercial truck the respect it deserves on the road. People will cut in front of trucks and hit their brakes and otherwise not take note of the truck drivers situation.
But many times it is truck driver fatigue or poor vehicle maintenance that can cause the crash.
Either way, you want somebody who has handled truck cases before and knows what to ask and what evidence to look for.
Truck Accident Injuries
Because of the speed and forces involved in the weight of the vehicles, truck accidents result in photos of mangled cars and trucks in the most serious kinds of motor vehicle injuries that happen on our roads.
A truck accident can easily result in wrongful death. It can paralyze a person, break bones, and even cause less serious injuries. But again, the speed size and weight involved in truck accidents usually means we are dealing with more serious injuries.
The more serious and permanent injury, the more important it is that you do not go it alone.
Most Personal Injury lawyers offer free case evaluation.
That means you can get your questions answered for free and no obligation.
If your health and your ability to earn a living is on the line, the best advice I can give you is to talk to an attorney who you feel comfortable with.
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I hope this information helps you.
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