More serious and fatal than your typical automobile crash is that of the tractor-trailer. Often referred to as “Semi’s,” “Big Rig’s,” and “18 Wheelers,” these accidents require an attention to detail and investigation above and beyond the common accident. While these vehicles are a major part of the supply network that keeps American businesses running smoothly, they are also extremely dangerous in the hands of a careless operator.
While most trucking accidents occur at high speeds on the highway, even low-speed impacts can have catastrophic results. The difference in size, freight, and weight between standard automobiles and these vehicles is often a recipe for serious injury, if not death. Studies show that 85% of those killed in truck accidents are the occupants of the smaller vehicle. After a trucking accident, it is important to act immediately to protect you and your loved ones involved.
Federal Guidelines and Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles to retain certain information and to carefully document accidents involving their trucks. Therefore, investigators are often on the accident scene within hours, including both local law enforcement and representatives for the trucking company. It is therefore imperative that you contact Robinson Law immediately following the accident so that we can secure and examine all available information, documents, and in certain circumstances, send an investigator out to the scene of the accident on your behalf.
While truck driver error is a common cause of accidents, there are other factors to consider. Unfortunately, business profits and cutting overhead costs often take precedence over highway safety. Companies that take shortcuts can pose a serious risk to drivers sharing the roads with these massive trucks. Examples include malfunctioning brakes, broken safety lights, improper inflation and low tread on tires, and drivers falling asleep at the wheel. We understand the complexity associated with these accidents and Robinson Law is dedicated to helping victims of truck driving negligence obtain justice.
We have the financial resources to take on the biggest insurance companies with confidence. Our commitment to our clients is to assure that they be fairly and quickly compensated for their pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and lost wages. After your accident, the trucking or insurance representatives may attempt to contact you and ask you to provide a recorded statement to minimize their liability. Do not discuss your accident with anyone before calling Robinson Law for a FREE CONSULTATION. Dial 1-833-MAKE-THE-CALL (625-3843) so our lawyers can help you evaluate your claim, deal with the insurance company and file suit, if necessary.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A TRUCKING ACCIDENT:
- Stop and assess the situation.
- Call 911.
- Seek medical attention if necessary.
- If you are physically able to, get as much information from everyone at the accident scene, especially any witnesses. At the very least write down the tag numbers of the vehicles involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and other vehicles involved in the accident even if only with a camera phone.
- Only speak to law enforcement regarding your accident.
- Review the police report and make sure all documented information is accurate.
- Do not provide any statements or sign any documents for insurance company representatives or other adverse individuals prior to contacting our law office.
- Dial 1-833-MAKE-THE-CALL (625-3843) for a FREE CONSULTATION 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our team.
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