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Driver error, inattention and even intoxication are consistent causes of serious injury and death. When motor vehicle accidents  happen, the results can be serious injury or death.  Injured victims also face complicated insurance issues and questions.

What to do if you are in an automobile accident

  • Call the police and seek medical attention to evaluate your condition.
  • Get the name, detailed contact information, insurance information and driver's license numbers for all other drivers involved. Ask for help if you cannot do this alone.
  • Look for witnesses and obtain detailed contact information for each.
  • Don't talk to anybody except law enforcement about specifics of your accident. That includes other lawyers, your insurance company or witnesses. You are NOT required by law to give a statement to either insurance company.

If you have been involved in any type of motor vehicle accident you may be able to file a claim against the negligent driver to recover damages for lost wages, property damage, medical costs, future losses and pain and suffering.

Common injuries include: whiplash, head and brain injuries, paralysis and joint, bone and muscle injuries. Accident victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible if they believe they are injured.

Claims for damages resulting from injuries usually depend on medical records linking the accident to the injuries received. The mroe time that elapses between the accident and the treatment, the more difficult it is to prove a connection.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, our lawyers will open every possible area of investigation to recover damages for your injuries. We have been successful in achieving cash awards for our clients for over 20 years.

Be prepared and know we will be there for you in your time of need. Knowing what to do and who to call is the best way to be prepared in case of an accident.

 

Tractor Trailer Crash Rate Rising

Large truck accidents occur frequently enough that all drivers should be cognizant of them while operating an automobile.  What then is a large truck?  A large truck is defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight of at least 10,000 lbs.[1]  After determining the weight to be in excess of 10,000 lbs., the vehicle is further subdivided into one of two categories.  The first category is single-unit trucks (SUT).  These are trucks that do not have a trailer.[2]  The second category is combination trucks.  Combination trucks tow another vehicle, such as a tractor trailer.[3]  A tractor by itself is still considered a combination truck.[4]  A single-unit truck may become a combination truck if it tows another vehicle, acting as a tractor trailer in the sense.[5] 

            This blog will focus on combination trucks, particularly tractor trailers.  Recall, a tractor trailer falls within the category of combination trucks.  That said, all tractor trailers are combination trucks, but it does not necessarily follow that all combination trucks are tractor trailers.  Therefore, the question is, "What is a tractor trailer?"  The answer to that question is a tractor trailer is a combination truck (the tractor is capable of towing the trailer) with a trailer affixed to the back of the tractor. 

            Tractor trailers are a necessary evil to our society.  Their purpose in furthering our economy is essential.  Tractor trailer revenues are expected to exceed 1.22 trillion by 2015.[6]  Clearly, the industry is not going away and drivers will continue to be at risk so long as tractor trailers own the road. 

            A tractor trailer accident occurs when a large trailer weighing 10,000 lbs or more collides with another tractor trailer, automobile, or pedestrian.[7]  Tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.[8]   Regardless of the importance to our economy, tractor trailers pose a grave danger to innocent drivers.  Tractor trailer accidents are a very real danger to all cars, including their driver and passengers.  On average, roughly 500,000 tractor trailer accidents occur every year in the United States.[9]  Of these, approximately 5,000 tractor trailer accidents result in fatalities.[10]  One out of every nine motor accidents in the USA involves a tractor-trailer.[11]   More alarming is one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a tractor trailer collision.[12]  Of these fatal collisions, 68% occurred in rural areas not within the city limits, as high as 66% occurred in the day as opposed to at night, and weekends accounted for 78%.[13]  Unfortunately, 98% of the fatalities that occur as a result of a collision with a tractor trailer, the driver of the passenger vehicle is the victim.[14]

            The volume of tractor trailer crashes is on the incline but the number of fatalities has remained consistently around 5,000 per year.[15]  While it is satisfying to know the rate of fatality is declining, it remains very alarming that the number of tractor trailer crashes is rising annually.[16]


 


 

[1] U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, An Analysis of Fatal Large Truck Crashes (Springfield: National Center for Statistics and Analysis Advanced Research and Analysis, 2003), 9, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809-569.pdf (accessed February 15, 2013).

[2] See, Id. at 11

[3] See, Id.

[4] See, Id.

[5] See, Id.

[6] "Truck Accident Statistics," Legal Info, http://www.legalinfo.com/content/truck-accidents/truck-accident-statistics.html(accessed February 15, 2013).

[7] See, Id.

[8] http://www.pahighways.com/truckinfo.html. Compare that to the average weight of a new car in 2010, 4,009 lbs

[9] See, note 6 supra

[10] See id

[11] See, Id.

[12] See id

[13] See, Id.

[14] See, Id.

[15] See, Id.

[16] See, Id.

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