America depends on truckers and tractor-trailers to transport goods across the country. Trucks travel approximately 3 billion miles in the U.S. every year, and accidents involving trucks cause 130,000 injuries and 4,000 fatalities annually.
Rollovers are among the most common types of truck accidents. Although a rollover can occur without involving other vehicles, trucks can cause multiple-car collisions if they roll. Injuries are often catastrophic, leaving victims with mountains of medical expenses, lost income, and extreme pain.
It’s crucial to determine the reason that a truck rolls over because truck rollover accident claims can involve many potentially liable parties, and none of them want to pay reasonable compensation to the victims. Many people choose to hire an experienced attorney to help them with complicated insurance and personal injury claims.
Anyone who sees a tractor-trailer knows that it’s large, but you may not know how big it really is. Most U.S. semi-trucks are 13.5 feet tall, 8.5 feet wide, and 72 feet long. Fully loaded, the legal weight limit is 80,000 pounds in most states.
Passenger vehicles are much smaller than these trucks. The average length of pickup trucks, SUVs, and cars is approximately 14.7 feet, and the average width is about 5.8 feet. The median car weight is 4,156 pounds.
In comparison, semi-trucks are almost five times as long as cars and weigh a little over 19 times as much. Why does this matter? Tractor-trailer accidents are often deadly simply because of the truck’s size and weight.
A truck’s massive weight means that it has a lot of forward momentum. Trucks take almost twice as much distance to come to a stop than cars do due to the physics involved. Unfortunately, sudden attempts to slow or change direction can cause truck drivers to lose control and crash.
Tractor-trailers are heavy, unwieldy, high-profile trucks. These properties make them more susceptible to some conditions that can cause accidents.
Several factors can cause rollovers, including:
Human error causes more than 78% of truck rollovers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Even so, the driver isn’t always the person responsible for causing a wreck.
Personal injury cases involving any kind of truck accident present complications when it comes to determining who should compensate injured victims for their damages. One of more of several parties might have to pay, including:
Say that a fatigued or distracted driver cannot control the tractor-trailer in high winds that cause the cargo to shift. The truck rolls over, and cargo spreads across the road. This rollover can make the truck land on and slide into other vehicles. The load might hit cars or become unavoidable obstacles on the road. Soon, many vehicles might become involved.
In cases like this, many parties can share responsibility for the collisions. A thorough investigation of the accident is crucial to show the sequence of events and what caused each of them. Fielding Law has the resources to conduct this inquiry.
If you’re involved in a truck rollover accident, you’re in a unique position to gather evidence that your attorney can use in your personal injury claim. If you’re able, use your phone to take photos and videos of the entire scene. Include close-ups of injuries, vehicle damages, skid marks, and witnesses. Also, try to capture the whole accident site from different positions to provide a comprehensive picture of vehicle placements and road or weather conditions.
Record witness statements and your statement on video. Getting this information immediately after your wreck while it’s fresh on people’s minds may prove invaluable.
You should always accept medical assistance if you are in an accident, even if you think you’re fine. Why? First, it could save your life. Many times, adrenaline masks pain, and some injuries develop over time. Trained medical personnel can spot signs of serious injuries that aren’t readily apparent, such as internal bleeding.
Secondly, you’ll need a record of your initial physical condition to use in your personal injury claim. Insurance companies might try to say that you didn’t receive your injuries in the accident, so this first assessment is crucial evidence. Your attorney can use it to show how your injuries worsen over time and adversely affect your life.
Your health and the outcome of your case can depend on accepting and continuing all recommended medical treatments. Ceasing these treatments against medical advice can worsen your physical condition and lessen the compensation you’ll receive.
Every personal injury claim involving big trucks has many complicated moving parts, and the average person doesn’t have the knowledge, experience, or resources to sort through them. Laws governing these claims are complex and vary by state.
You might receive compensation from more than one guilty party, but you’re not guaranteed a specific amount. Economic damages cover specific expenses incurred because of your wreck and injuries, but insurance companies will attempt to get you to accept a low settlement offer. Unwary individuals who don’t have a competent attorney on their side accept these offers sometimes, not realizing that they qualify for much more.
Most injured accident victims can also obtain compensation for intangible things, such as inconvenience, permanent disfigurement, and pain and suffering. The amount you’re eligible to receive can depend on how severely these things affect your life, so you’ll need the proper evidence to prove these claims.
Rollover truck accidents can cause severe damages, but determining who is liable to pay compensation is somewhat tricky. Fortunately, the attorneys at Fielding Law know how to find the guilty party or parties and make them pay.
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