TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENTS
Hiring a Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Can
Protect Your Legal Rights
Turn to an experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer if
you or your loved are hurt in a truck accident
If you’ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident, then you need to do two things without delay: see a medical professional whom you trust.
And, next, hire an Alabama tractor trailer accident lawyer.
Your injuries could hamper your mobility, your lifestyle, and your ability to work— causing you to lose wages and suffer financial and emotional setbacks.
There is more than property damage in these kind of wrecks.
There is a human cost to the wreck. So you shouldn’t hesitate to call tractor trailer accident lawyer Greg Reeves.
Truck accidents are among some of the worst, and deadliest, vehicle accidents to take place on the road.
With such a high mass, typically over 20,000 pounds and sometimes closer to 80,000 pounds, it is tough for a car of any size to stand a chance against such a powerful rig.
It only makes sense that many people hit by an 18 wheeler are either hurt, or sometimes even killed, right on the spot. Regardless of the severity of the injury, as with many other roadway accidents, many do not know what to do.
“Can an attorney help me?” is a common question.
In short, yes, an attorney can help you.
In fact, many trucking accidents are not caused by the car at all.
A study was conducted in 2007 of the different kinds of trucking accidents, and their primary causes. The findings were eye-opening.
- 29% of all truck crashes were because of brake problems with the vehicle.
- 23% of all truck crashes were because the driver was driving too fast for the conditions of the road.
- 22% of all truck crashes were because the driver was unfamiliar with the roads they were driving on.
Hiring an Attorney Fast is Important
Yes, the time it takes for you to hire an attorney is very crucial to your case. In fact, the longer you wait, the more likely you are to completely lose any chance of making a case. In all states, there are laws imposing time limits to file a case.
Common Injuries Seen in Trucking Accidents
Again, being that tractor trailers are bigger than cars, they are going to result in wore accidents than a car would. But what kind of accidents to trucks normally cause, and what injuries are typically seen?
Lacerations – A deep cut that is extremely painful, normally deep enough to damage the nerves in your body. These cuts may never heal.
Internal Injuries – These normally include internal bleeding of the bladder, liver, spleen, etc. They are normally caused by powerful blunt trauma, and are extremely difficult to treat.
Paralysis (and Spinal Cord Injuries) – Among some of the most devastating injuries are paralysis. Imagine being hit by a truck, and because they were not paying attention, you are never able to move from your neck down ever again. Luckily, not all paralysis cases are that bad, and some may not even be permanent or initially recognized, but if anything seems off, immediate medical attention should be a necessity.
Brain or head injuries. We often see these sort of injuries involved in tractor trailer wrecks.
Death – A crash with a car is 10 times less likely to kill you than an accident with a tractor trailer; a fact that is sadly true. Though an attorney can never replace the life of a loved one, they will they can fight for as much compensation as possible.
What is a CDL?
A CDL is a Commercial Driver’s License, which permits truck drivers to be driving the type of vehicle they are driving. There are three different classes, but a tractor trailer driver must be certified to drive Class A vehicles, or, vehicles that are heavier than 10,000 pounds. This means, they are also allowed to drive smaller vehicles, such as Class B and C, along with their every day car.
Why is this important?
Say a driver is driving for a company that doesn’t care that their driver’s CDL is about to expire. Since they are such important licenses, they must be renewed in order to keep driving. However, some companies are desperate, that they may try to sneak in an extra run or two with a driver who is no longer certified, and it can be horrible if they are involved in an accident.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, nearly 3,700 people died in large truck crashes in 2014. In 2012, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 85,000 “injury crashes” involving large trucks or buses, in which 126,000 people were hurt. But vehicle collisions are not the only possible type of tractor trailer accident. Some of the most common causes of large truck accidents are driver error, equipment failure, and the trucking company’s policies.
What to Do in the case of a Trucking Accident
If you have been injured or a loved one killed as a direct result of a trucking accident, contact us.
The Reeves Law Firm is Here to Help
Insurance companies are powerful, and they do not care to make payouts to accident victims without a fight.
You'll be hard-pressed to file a claim with another person's insurance company successfully . . . unless you hire a tractor trailer injury lawyer.
The Reeves Law Firm is Here to Help.
Call The Reeves Law Firm at 256-355-3311 for a free and confidential consultation.
We proudly serve injury accident victims in the cities of Decatur and nearby Huntsville along with those injured throughout Alabama.