Tractor Trailer on roadWhen a commercial truck, a coal truck, or a tractor-trailer truck is involved in an accident with another automobile or motorcycle, the results are often devastating and catastrophic. Tractor- trailers, coal trucks and other commercial vehicles are many times the size of passenger automobiles and motorcycles. A fully loaded tractor-trailer or coal truck can exceed 70,000 pounds, far in excess of the average passenger automobile. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, it is often difficult for their operators to see passenger vehicles, to maneuver the vehicles, and to get their vehicles stopped in the event of an emergency. The injuries suffered by the victims of collisions with these large commercial vehicles are often far more devastating than an accident involving two or more passenger automobiles.

What should I do if I’m in an accident?

It is imperative that after an accident involving a collision with one of these large vehicles, an immediate and thorough investigation take place so that the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, and its causes, can be uncovered. Tractor-trailer and other commercial vehicle drivers operate under a set of strict regulations governing how long they are permitted to operate their vehicles before putting their vehicle out of service and resting.

What causes these accidents?

Often, catastrophic accidents with tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles occur because drivers fail to abide by the law and are on the road too long. They become tired and distracted. Investigation into the driver log books and computer systems of their employers can often lead to the discovery of critical evidence about the driver’s conduct. In addition, accidents may occur for a number of reasons, including problems with the truck’s mechanical systems, safety systems such as lights and brakes and other components, excessive speed, and unbalanced and/or unsecured loads. It is the truck driver’s duty to inspect his or her truck to make sure all systems are in proper working order.

Another important part of the investigation that lawyers perform is to unlock all potential sources of insurance that may cover you in the event that you are injured. Few people realize that the purchaser of the goods that are hauled on tractor-trailer trucks have mandatory provisions in their insurance contracts which may help cover you in the event that you are injured by a truck carrying its goods. It is imperative that you speak with an experienced lawyer who understands how to uncover all sources of potential insurance to help protect you and your family.

Have you been injured by a tractor-trailer and believe you have a personal injury case? If so, contact The Segal Law Firm today for a consultation.