A tractor-trailer is a combination of a trucking unit that consists of a truck connected to a trailer. These are also called semitrailers, semi trucks, tractor-trailer rigs, 18 wheelers, big rigs and by other names. The smaller front cab serves as a combination engine and driver station, in which there may be a berth for the driver to sleep or rest while parked at a rest area. Tractor trailers may weigh 70,000 to 80,000 lbs. fully loaded with cargo. The purpose of the tractor-trailer is to transport cargo from one destination to another.
Tractor-trailer accidents may have a variety of causes. Causes are listed in an estimated order:
It is not uncommon for two or more tractor-trailers to get into an accident with each other, causing damage, injuries and even death. These large trucks are often unable to stop in time due to icy roads, weather conditions, faulty brakes and/or tires and other faulty equipment. One large truck may try to pass the next, resulting in a miscalculation and a crash, with possible injuries or death.
If you were involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer and you believe the large truck was at fault, it is advisable to obtain a legal consultation to discuss the preservation of your rights to compensation. If you were injured in a tractor-trailer crash, you may seek compensation for medical treatment, future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage and more. Attorney Paul VanDerwerken has negotiated more than 2000 car accident settlements with insurance companies and has taken more than 125 cases to court for successful judgments. To schedule your complimentary consultation, contact Attorney Paul VanDerwerken at 702-385-5050.