Tractor trailers are a necessary part of life, particularly in large commerce-rich cities such as Greenville and Spartanburg; they can be found on many roads in urban and suburban areas, and you probably drive with them on the road every day. It’s important that you know a few things about these huge, potentially dangerous vehicles:
- Tractor trailers weigh up to forty tons (i.e., 80 thousand pounds).
- In order to meet their demanding timetables, many tractor trailer drivers go to extreme measures, even driving when they haven’t had enough sleep, and so are too tired to be driving.
- Unlike accidents with other vehicles, even “minor” accidents can have lethal consequences when a tractor trailer is involved.
- One in eight (i.e., over 12 percent) traffic mortality accidents involve a tractor trailer.
Anytime you leave the safety and security of your home, if you decide to drive somewhere, you could have a car accident; you could collide with another car or a huge tractor trailer. Where car-on-car accidents have the potential to cause a lot of damage and injuries, merely because of their size and weight, tractor trailer accidents can cause tremendous damage even when it’s just a relatively minor accident.
Tractor Trailer Accident Injuries
As if the damage to your car was the worst thing, an accident with a tractor trailer can cause devastating injuries or even death. Tractor trailer accident injuries can include but are by no means limited to the following:
- Head and brain injuries
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Internal injuries
- Bruises and abrasions
If you have sustained any of these injuries as a result of your collision with a tractor trailer, you could require weeks and months of medical treatment. You may need intensive physical therapy or expensive medical devices for the rest of your life just so you can resume some semblance of your previous normal life, including your ability to earn a living to support yourself and your family! An accident like this (and the injuries you sustained) can greatly impact your ability to work, and can deeply affect your family lifestyle.
Trucking Accident Insurance Claims
Every time a tractor trailer company has to pay out for an accident, it remains on their records permanently; because of this, trucking companies try to avoid lawsuits and payouts as much as possible. And merely as a precaution, trucking companies regularly employ insurance attorneys and experts to reduce or minimize their risk and losses in case of accidents. These attorneys spend years and even whole careers defending and protecting their trucking company employers from risk and loss. Further, some research suggests that insurance companies have in some cases created or manipulated evidence and testimony in order to avoid paying victims any compensation for their losses and injuries sustained in an accident (which, to reiterate, can be considerable even when the accident is relatively minor).
Given the extent to which tractor trailer companies go to protect themselves, if you have been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, you should consider hiring a knowledgeable, experienced attorney to protect your interests in court. When the accident was the other driver’s fault, you have every right to ask for reimbursement for your losses and injuries, including your medical costs and costs to repair or replace your vehicle.
What You Should Know
In South Carolina, parties found to be at fault for vehicle accidents (including drivers, companies, and anyone else that contributed to the tractor trailer accident) are legally obligated to pay for any medical costs arising from the accident they caused. However, keep in mind that tractor trailer companies employ expert attorneys whose main job it is to avoid having to pay out any money to accident victims. The trucking company attorneys are familiar with any loopholes within the law. With that in mind, if you have been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, you should hire an attorney with plenty of experience dealing with these types of cases. After all, they have experts to defend their company and drivers – you should have an expert to stand up for you and get you the compensation you deserve.
Don’t make the mistake of wrongly believing that the insurance company will be fair or feel any sympathy for you. Insurance agents aren’t paid to have compassion; they earn their living by saving their employers money. It might seem cold, but it’s not personal – it’s business. That’s why you should hire an experienced attorney who will go to bat for you, who will do whatever they can to get you the maximum compensation so that you can quickly return to your normal life, or as close to it as you can get.
Call The Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys at Double Aught Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been involved in a tractor trailer accident, you should call Double Aught Injury Lawyers today. Their team will work to get you all the compensation you deserve so that you can fix or replace your car and pay your medical and therapy bills arising from the accident. Call the knowledgeable, experienced professionals with Double Aught Injury Lawyers at (864) 777-0000 to discuss the details of your case and learn what rights and options you have.