Tractor trailer trucks carry vital resources across the country every day. They carry with them the things that keep our lives running and without them, we’d be far less connected. However, these trucks pose a greater safety risk than regular passenger cars. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds– that is 16 times the weight of a car. Combined with their poor maneuverability and long stopping times, a mishandled tractor trailer can put everyone’s lives at risk.
Common Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
Here are the common causes of North Carolina tractor-trailer collisions:
- Improperly loaded cargo – Occurs when a driver fails to follow safety precautions by taking short cuts loading cargo.
- Driver fatigue – Often, drivers are paid to cover as much ground as possible in as little time as they can. They are generally paid per mile and incentivized to make the most of each workday. Sometimes a driver’s lack of sleep can cause poor driving behavior.
- Distracted driving – The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 55mph is akin to closing your eyes for the length of a football field. That’s bad enough in cars, but the danger multiples in tractor trailers.
- Bad driving – This includes road rage, inattention, risky driving behaviors.
- Poor training and maintenance – If a large trucking company fails to train their drivers or maintain their vehicles, they are liable when a accident occurs. Companies have a responsibility to other drivers to keep their drivers and vehicles as safe as possible.
What Happens After an Accident
It’s rare for anyone to get out of a truck collision without some injuries. Frequently, injuries and car repair run well into the thousands and in severe cases, hundreds of thousands. Trucking companies will try to take as little responsibility as possible, so it’s important to know what you can do to prove your case.
First, remember that insurance companies handle truck crashes very differently from privately-owned vehicles. The trucking company sends an investigator to collect evidence and ask questions. In fact, newer commercial trucks have “black boxes” that call insurers directly after a collision. That is why it’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Representation for Tractor-Trailer Collisions
If you’ve suffered an injury of any sort from a North Carolina tractor-trailer collision caused by another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Maginnis Howard’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard has experience handling complex cases including those involving victims who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of a tractor-trailer driver.
Our firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis- meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. You can contact us at (919) 526-0450, by email at email@example.com, or through our contact page.