What makes heavy trucks so dangerous?
Sheer size is obviously a major factor in accidents involving big-rig trucks. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. By comparison, passenger cars, minivans and pickup trucks usually weigh 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. That means the smaller vehicle and its occupants absorb a massive amount of force in the event of a collision with an 18-wheeler.
In addition to their weight, semi trucks pose unique risks to smaller vehicles because of their structure and configuration. For example, a smaller vehicle that strikes the rear or side of a heavy truck may slide under the trailer - this is called an underride accident. Underride accidents are deadly because portions of the trailer actually enter the smaller vehicle's cab, often causing loss of limbs and even decapitation. Truck rollovers and jackknife crashes are also uniquely dangerous types of accidents.
Perhaps the most important factor in semi truck accidents, though, is the trucker. While truck drivers are supposed to be highly trained and safe operators, too many trucking companies fail to conduct background checks or even knowingly hire drivers with a history of DUI or reckless driving. They may also put inexperienced drivers on the road in an attempt to mitigate the nationwide driver shortage. And truck drivers are often pushed to their limits, skipping mandatory rest breaks and increasing the risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
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After an accident with a semi truck, hiring a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. But the truth is you need to act quickly to protect your rights. The trucking company will have investigators on the scene immediately to start building their case. In order to get the compensation you need for your lost wages, medical expenses and other costs, you need an attorney who can match the trucking company shot for shot.
That's why you need to contact us right away. Put a proven fighter on your side who knows how to handle the biggest, toughest cases. Give us a call or contact us online and schedule your free consultation with an experienced Fort Wayne truck accident attorney.