Accidents involving big rigs are starkly different than those that only involve smaller vehicles. Big rig accidents are much more likely to result in severe bodily injury or death, and the chance of property damage is higher as well. The legal aftermath of big rig accidents is also much more complex than it is for car-on-car accidents. Understanding these differences is very important for anyone who has been involved in an accident involving an eighteen-wheeler, regardless of who was at fault.
What Causes Big Rig Accidents?
Semi trucks typically weight at least 40,000 pounds when traveling down the highway, and they are longer than six normal-sized cars lined end-to-end. Fully-loaded big rigs can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Because of their extreme weight, big rigs are very tough to bring to a complete stop within a short amount of time, no matter how quick the driver’s reaction.
Big Rig Accidents vs. Small Car Accidents?
Big rig accidents are more destructive than small car accidents for the same reason that injuries in professional football are more serious than those sustained on grade school sports teams. More size and more speed mean more damage when two objects collide. Big rigs contain significantly more mass than even the largest pickup trucks or SUVs. Therefore, a big rig hitting another vehicle at 65 miles per hour is going to deliver significantly more force than a regular car traveling at the same speed.
The Aftermath of Big Rig Accidents
Victims of big rig accidents often have to endure a long road to recovery. This road may involve hospital stays, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological counseling. It is very possible to regain a normal life after being involved in big rig accidents. However, it often takes a great deal of time and even more often creates a financial burden for driver of the small car. Whereas the truck driver might have a company to defend him or her from legal accountability, the other driver is alone in the fight unless they seek legal counsel. This makes it even more imperative for someone injured in big rig accidents to contact the American Injury Attorney Group to discuss their legal options.
The silver lining is that there are many more legal options available to victims of big rig accidents than there are to victims of regular automobile accidents. An attorney can determine if the truck driver or trucking company violated any standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If so, those involved in the accident could be eligible for compensation regardless of who was at fault. The same is true if the truck driver did not keep an up-to-date logbook, or if his blood alcohol content (BAC) was above .04 percent, which is a stricter BAC limit than for regular drivers. It is also possible that subcontractors involved in the maintenance and repair of the truck can be sued for damages if they failed in the performance of their duties.
Contacting the American Injury Attorney Group
If you were injured in any big rig accidents, you may be eligible for legal compensation, regardless of who was at fault. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can answer your questions, discuss your legal options, and connect you with an affiliated attorney if you have a claim. He or she can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call today.
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