Utah Semi, Tractor-Trailer And Commercial Trucking Litigation
Helping Victims Of Semi, Tractor-Trailer And Commercial Truck Accidents
The average commercial large cargo truck — known as semis, “big rigs,” 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers — on Utah roads weighs in at more than 80,000 pounds. In contrast, the average Utah resident drives on the highways in a car, minivan or light truck weighing in the area of 3,000 pounds. It does not take plugging numbers into the formula F=mv2 to figure out that the semi truck is going to get the best of the car, minivan or light truck in the collision. The enormous disparity in weight is a recipe for physical devastation and severe or fatal injuries. The physical and emotional toll on victims and their families can last a lifetime.
Hazardous Cargo, Driver Inattention And Exhaustion Often Contribute To Semi, Tractor-Trailer And Commercial Truck Accidents
In today’s world, most folks are trying to make ends meet, including truck drivers who are faced with the often difficult and exhausting task of often carrying heavy loads of hazardous cargo and chemicals. When a semi collides with a vehicle and spills its hazardous cargo, a bad situation can become worse with physical injuries from the collision magnified by chemical burns and respiratory injuries. Inattentive and exhausted truckers trying to get ahead financially for their families will often stretch the limits of human endurance to get from point A to point B to deliver their cargo and pick up another load. Although these drivers are allowed to drive their semis, tractor-trailers and commercial trucks up to 11 hours continuously a day under federal law, many will struggle to stay focused and attentive, causing their vehicles to swerve or fail to brake. Studies have shown that a semi or tractor-trailer driver is 10 times more likely to be the cause of a fatal semi or tractor-trailer accident than bad weather, road conditions or other causes. Fatigue, exhaustion, texting and even hot-swapping (passenger and driver switching seats while moving) are major causes of semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents and jackknifing.
The Trucking Company And Insurer Will Be Prepared To Investigate; Will You?
Semi-trucking and transport companies pay close attention to the financial implications of accidents and spend significant time and money to organize an immediate response to a commercial truck accident to avoid potential repercussions. Truckers are trained to report accidents as soon as possible from the scene. The trucker’s insurance company will have extensive experience in semi-truck and tractor-trailer crashes, and the insurer’s adjuster/claims handler and even special investigators may immediately respond to the scene to reconstruct the accident. They will begin defending against a possible injury or death claim as soon as they can.
Victims Of Truck Collisions And Accidents Need Help To Even The Odds
The trucking company and its insurer will not be looking out for the victim’s best interests — it simply is not their job to do so. They will be looking out for their own best interests. Bowers Law Firm has represented many victims of semi-truck, tractor-trailer and commercial truck accidents to help ensure that they are not placed at an unfair advantage by companies whose business already will have a plan of action in place to respond to and investigate accidents. When you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large, commercial truck or semitruck or tractor-trailer, then you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your losses. Compensation for personal injuries resulting from trucking accidents may include money damages for wrongful death, physical disfigurement, physical and emotion pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income and lost earning capacity.