Unfortunately in my years of practice I have seen that these statistics are true. Most of the tractor trailer cases that I have handled over the last 20 years involve tractor-trailer drivers who were traveling too fast, made lane changes without ensuring there were no vehicles in their blind spot, or were fatigued from having driven longer than allowed by law. Most shocking is the number of accidents where the tractor-trailer operator never stopped at the scene of the accident.
Motor carrier companies who place these trucks on the roadway will seldom admit fault. Because of this the biggest mistake a person can make is to hire an attorney who handles automobile accidents. Truck accident investigation and claims are completely different from automobile collision claims. One must be familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations and the requirements of the Commercial Drivers Manual.
We know the regulations and requirements imposed on motor carriers and their drivers. Our Charleston, South Carolina law firm works hard in representing individuals and the families of those killed in collisions with trucks, tractor trailers, and other commercial vehicles, including chain reaction crashes.
A trucking accident typically occurs with a large trailers (10,000+ lbs.) colliding with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision.
Collisions involving tractor trailers and trucks often cause extensive and collateral damages and may include claims for personal injury, wrongful death,and/ or property damage against the transport company, their insurance company, drivers, and other parties involved who may have contributed or caused the event.
We possess the skill and knowledge to investigate the cause of the collision and aggressively represent victims of motor vehicle accidents. We have familiarity with the motor carrier regulations and deep experience in the development and execution of strong cases.
Some of the primary events that have been identified as the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today include:
Driving under the influence (DUI)
A speed limit of 55 mph or higher, poor weather, and a curved road significantly increase the odds of both a rollover and a jackknife for large trucks.
As the weight of the large truck and its cargo increases, the odds of a rollover increase, but the odds of a jackknife decrease
Conversely, as the length of a large truck increases, the odds of a rollover decrease, but the odds of a jackknife increase;
If you or your loved ones have been a victim to a collision caused by reckless drivers, drivers who fail to obey traffic laws and, in some instances, commercial drivers who fail to follow regulations, the Law Offices of David L. Savage has the experience you need to successfully pursue these often complex trucking and tractor-trailer cases.