When a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating — often catastrophic. In many personal injury cases, truck wrecks result from careless and reckless driving behaviors by truckers, their employers, or equipment and vehicle manufacturers.
At Nix Patterson, our tractor-trailer accident attorneys understand how complex these wrecks are and why they require particular legal skills and knowledge. Our injury lawyers fight to protect the rights of injured victims and their families after such horrific accidents. We have extensive experience helping people like you who are trying to get justice after the actions of others have caused you harm.
Negligent truckers operating tractor-trailers on our roads can cause serious accidents that may even cause fatalities. But what makes these accidents so deadly? Let’s find out.
Commercial trailers operating on interstate highways may weigh up to 80,000 pounds, with most passenger cars weighing around 4,100 pounds. This is nearly 20 times more than the average passenger car. Consider the destructive impact of such a truck on a passenger car.
Many trucks on our roads transport explosive, toxic, flammable, and other hazardous cargo. An accident with a truck hauling such cargo may be tragic.
Unlike passenger cars, trucks need more time and space to brake. This puts any vehicle in front of a tractor-trailer at risk of being rear-ended.
Other reasons why tractor-trailers are dangerous include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, here’s what you should do:
In 2020, 4,965 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks, representing a 1% decline from 5,032 in 2019. Approximately 71% of these fatalities were occupants of other vehicles. An estimated 146,930 people were injured in 439,206 police-reported accidents.
Truck driver negligence is one of the reasons for these alarming numbers, which takes many forms, including:
After a tractor-trailer crash, the burden is on you — the plaintiff — to prove negligence. This can be difficult to do on your own. You’ll need the help of a tractor-trailer accident lawyer experienced in personal injury cases soon after your accident.
Your lawyer can help you with various crucial tasks, including:
An experienced lawyer can also help you deal with insurance companies. After a tractor-trailer accident, you may receive calls from multiple insurance companies. All their representatives are interested in one thing — protecting their bottom line.
This is why you need knowledgeable tractor-trailer accident attorneys like those at Nix Patterson to protect your rights. Let us deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
Trucking companies usually maintain comprehensive records of their business operations. Such records can be helpful after a trucking accident. Still, trucks have a “black box” that monitors and records information about the truck’s condition.
Other pieces of evidence that may be useful in a tractor-trailer accident case include:
If necessary, Nix Patterson may consult with medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, meteorologists, engineers, etc., to prove negligence and determine who is liable for your accident, injuries, and damages.
Colliding with a commercial truck can result in severe injuries. Since truck accidents often occur on busy highways, these injuries can be fatal. Many tractor-trailer wrecks involve rear-end, head-on, or side-impact collisions.
Common examples of catastrophic injuries that victims of truck accidents may sustain include:
A catastrophic injury may require extensive medical treatment, long hospital stays, long-term care, and future medical surgeries and therapies.
At Nix Patterson, our catastrophic injury lawyers provide skillful representation to victims who suffer injuries due to someone else’s negligence.
Hiring our tractor-trailer accident attorneys requires no upfront cost since we operate on a contingency basis. In other words, we only get paid when we win your case. If we don’t win, you owe us nothing.
Nix Patterson will cover all case-related expenses before any settlement is reached. This gives you access to the best legal minds in personal injury law without paying anything out of your pocket.
A tractor-trailer accident can be a life-altering event. It can cause severe injuries or even death, and leave you with significant medical bills and other losses. If you or someone you care about has suffered catastrophic injuries after a collision with a tractor-trailer, our skilled truck wreck attorneys can help guide you on your journey to recovery.
The road to recovery begins with a free, confidential consultation. Call 512-598-5391 today to get started.
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