A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Consequently, the ability of trucks to maneuver on the highway is limited by their size and speed, and the driver';s ability to see other vehicles.
In fact, it can take a fully loaded truck traveling at 55 mph up to 200 feet to stop and 450 feet if the
brakes are hot. Trucks also need extra space to execute turns, often veering into an oncoming lane to negotiate intersections and turns. When speeding, driver fatigue, or improper training is added to thevmix, negligence on the part of a truck driver can have fatal consequences.
Due to the inherent size of 18-wheelers, when one is involved in an accident, the people in the other car are usually the ones who suffer the most. The Sevenish Law Firm, understands how to investigate truck accidents and prove negligence on the part of the truck drivers. We collect evidence from accident scenes, interview witnesses, inspect a truck driver's logbook, collect fuel receipts, and analyze the contents of a truck's on-board data recorder and GPS systems. We understand how to expose driver error on the part of truck drivers and hold them financially accountable for the injuries and fatalities they cause.
Injuries Resulting from Truck AccidentsSome of the most common injures individuals face after devastating truck accidents can include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Trucking companies are under pressure to deliver cargo fast and cheap. To meet customer demand,
tired truck drivers, improperly loaded semis and poorly trained new employees can be put on the road.
It's important to remember the trucking industry is regulated by a number of state and federal laws that
govern the licensing of truck drivers, how many hours they can drive in a day, vehicle upkeep, markings,
and under-riding bars that must be affixed to trucks.
- 23% of all truck accidents result in injuries
- Fatigue is a factor in 30-40% of all truck accidents