Motor accidents involving commercial vehicles are extremely serious, often causing critical injuries, and in worst-case scenarios, even death. They’re also incredibly complex compared to an average car wreck because they typically involve multiple individuals and companies who could be held responsible for the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle accident, you’ll want to secure the help of an experienced attorney to guide you through the complexities of your case.
4 Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
When it comes to car accidents, there are four main distinctions that set tractor trailer incidents apart from a regular vehicle car crash. In addition to the fact that they are more deadly (a commercial vehicle can weigh up to 20 times more than a typical car), there are many reasons why something could go wrong.
The top four dangers of tractor trailer injuries are:
- Improperly loaded freight
- Inadequate inspections
- Lack of maintenance
- Driver exhaustion
3 Things That Make for Complications
When you are involved in a typical vehicle crash, you probably only have to work with the other driver and your insurance companies. However, tractor trailer accidents prove to be much more complex for the following three reasons:
- FMSA Regulations - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), puts complex regulations on commercial trucks, those who drive them, the cargo, and the companies that put them on the road. If you’re involved in a tractor trailer accident, FMSA regulations may affect your case.
- Large Corporations - Most likely, the trucking firm involved in a tractor trailer wreck is going to be a large corporation. This means chances are high that the company will try to move as quickly as possible to protect itself from your legal claims.
- Multiple Liabilities - Multiple individuals and companies could be held responsible in a commercial vehicle accident. For example, the trucking company, the driver, the cargo loader, the cargo inspector, the cargo owner, and the company responsible for conducting maintenance on the truck could all be liable for the accident.
Why You Need an Attorney
Insurance companies don’t always offer you a fair settlement, and if you are overwhelmed by your injuries and large medical bills, you might fall victim to a low settlement. Because tractor trailer accidents are so complex, you need the help of an experienced attorney, and our team at David Blackwell Law knows how to determine if what you are being offered is a fair settlement, according to South Carolina law.
If the truck driver or trucking company was negligent in loading freight, inspecting or maintaining the truck, or providing adequate rest for the driver, you may be entitled to higher compensation.
Contact David Blackwell Law Today.
David Blackwell Law is dedicated to helping serve you and your family during this difficult time. Please contact our team today at 8032850225 and we will begin working to develop a next steps plan for your case.