America has more than 10,000,000 large trucks. Many of these trucks are accompanied by massive cargo tractors. These trucks and trailers can weigh up to 20-30 times more than your average car. This means that tractor-trailer accidents can cause 20-30 times more damage than your average car. It’s a frightening thought. This creates the need to have a Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney on your case.
FMCSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, reports that fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers increased from 4,804 to 4,862 during the year from 2017 to 2018. Worse, fatalities involving large trucks or buses have increased by 40% in the past decade.
You may be eligible for significant financial compensation if you or your loved one were hurt in a tractor-trailer collision. Continue reading to find out how Gabroy Law Offices’ Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney can assist you.
Causes of tractor-trailer accidents
Tractor-trailer accidents have risk factors that are similar to car crashes, but they are not the same. These accidents are most often caused by:
- The inattention of the truck driver
- Trucker fatigue (truckers can earn more by driving longer hours/traveling further)
- A truck driver who is under the influence of alcohol and drugs
- Excessive speed
- Equipment failures or equipment that is not properly maintained
- Cargo improperly loaded
Injuries Resulting From Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer accidents may cause serious injuries that can either turn a person’s world upside down or even end their life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,761 people died in large-truck accidents in 2017. This is a 9% increase from 2016, (4,369). 72% of fatal truck crashes involved a truck driver, but the victim was the operator or occupant of another vehicle.
These are some of the most common injuries relating to tractor-trailer accidents:
- Neck and back injuries (whiplash or herniated discs, etc.)
- Concussion/head injury
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
Proving Tractor Trailer Accident Negligence
You might wonder how to prove that a tractor-trailer driver, truck owner, manufacturer, or other party caused your injuries. “Negligence” refers to the legal term for liability in an accident. The following criteria are required to prove liability:
- You were owed a duty of care by the tractor-trailer operator. They were required to operate the tractor safely, and they did not do this.
- They violated their duty and breached their legal obligation not to cause you harm by the tractor-trailer operator (or any other party).
- Their negligence caused the accident. Legally, they are liable for the accident because of their actions.
- As a result, there were some losses. You were injured by the actions of another party.
You may be eligible for compensation if you or your loved one were injured in a tractor-trailer accident. These may include any or all of the following:
- Loss of wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Future, present, and past medical bills
- Suffering and pain caused by the accident
- Physical therapy
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Funeral costs
Talk to a Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney
Gabroy Law Offices has personal injury lawyers who can help you if you have been injured in a tractor-trailer collision. Our highly qualified Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys will review your case and determine liability. They can also help you to collect financial compensation. For more information, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.