Big Truck Accidents
Given the size and weight of commercial vehicles, big truck accidents generally cause much greater harm than an automobile accident. Accidents involving 18-wheelers and passenger cars almost often result in serious injuries or death to the passenger car driver. Semi trucks can take up to three times longer to stop than a passenger car. Although state and federal regulations monitor the trucking industry, some of these regulations are frequently violated by truck drivers. Trucking accidents are most often caused by the following: fatigue, maintenance problems, distractions, driving under the influence, and road/weather conditions.
In order to win a claim against a truck driver and/or trucking company, you must show that the truck driver was negligent. This can be done by proving that the truck driver violated one or more state or federal regulations. If you are in a collision with an 18-wheeler, you should do the following in order to help preserve evidence: 1) call the police, 2) Take pictures, 3) Get contact information from witnesses, 4) Take notes. This may help prove your claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an 18-wheeler, you may have a personal injury claim. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. at (251) 343-1111. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with a consultation, protect your rights, and guide you through the legal process.