Common Types of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
There are many different types of tractor-trailer accidents. Some of the most common include:
This occurs when the attached trailer of a tractor-trailer combination swings out from behind the cab at a sharp angle, forming a 90-degree angle with the cab, which is usually caused by an improper turn or braking maneuver. Jackknife accidents can be particularly dangerous because the driver loses control entirely over the skidding trailer.
This type of accident occurs when another vehicle collides with the rear end of a tractor-trailer combination and becomes wedged underneath it. Underride accidents tend to occur at night when it is difficult for other drivers to see stopped or slow-moving trucks, often because a truck’s lighting systems are not functioning and/or its reflective warning signs have degraded. These accidents tend to be fatal.
Because large tractor-trailer combinations cannot complete right turns in the same small radius as smaller passenger vehicles, commercial truck drivers are often forced to make “wide turns,” i.e., begin a right turn from the second lane to the left instead of the designated right turn lane. Accidents frequently happen as a result.
These accidents are usually caused by truck drivers who are speeding, following too close, distracted, impaired, or fatigued. The sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer combination can make a rear-end accident with a smaller passenger vehicle catastrophic.
Truck rollovers are some of the most horrifying motor vehicle accidents imaginable. This type of accident occurs when a tractor-trailer combination overturns onto one side. Rollover accidents are often caused by a driver taking a turn too sharply, swerving to avoid a hazard in the roadway, or driving too fast for the conditions. Frequent contributing factors include reckless driving, speeding, driver distraction, driver fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, insufficient truck maintenance, and defects in the truck’s tires or axles (or other products liability issues).
This type of accident, also referred to as a “side-impact” or “broadside” accident, most commonly happens at an intersection, often when a tractor-trailer combination runs a red light, disregards a stop sign, or turns left in front of oncoming traffic without enough time to complete the turn, resulting in a collision with the side of an oncoming vehicle at roughly a 90-degree angle. Like rear-end collisions, T-Bone accidents are often caused by driver-related factors such as speeding, distraction, drug or alcohol impairment and fatigue.
These accidents are similar to T-bone accidents, except that they involve collisions with vehicles traveling next a tractor-trailer combination in the same direction. Sideswipe accidents are extremely dangerous because the size and weight of a truck can send a small passenger vehicle sideways into other lanes of traffic. Common causes include distracted, impaired, or fatigued driving, and/or failure to use turn signals or check blind spots.
How Can A Lawyer Help With Your Case?
You deserve an experienced legal partner.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next. An experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney can help guide you through every step of your case so that you can focus on healing and moving on with your life.
Our goal is to provide you with the most outstanding legal representation possible, not only by marshaling our considerable experience, dedication, trial lawyering ability, and grit to obtain the highest possible settlement or verdict in your case, but by treating you – and every one of our clients – with dignity, respect and compassion. Let us represent you in your Ohio tractor-trailer accident case.
Once you hire us to represent you, you can expect that we will:
Jump into action immediately, even in the middle of the night if necessary
Meet you at your home or in the hospital
Visit the scene of the accident with a qualified investigator
Act fast to preserve the vehicles involved
Take steps to prevent the trucking company from destroying crucial evidence
Conduct a robust investigation
Hire the necessary experts
Handle all communications with the insurance companies involved
Address the medical bills you receive in the mail
Make sure your case is set up so you receive the max compensation available under the law
We handle all kinds of truck accident cases, including those that involve tractor-trailers, and we take great pride in helping injured people obtain justice.
Here are three reasons why having an attorney on your side is essential to obtaining the compensation you need and deserve.
1: You Will Be Going Up Against a Large Corporation With Deep Pockets.
Trucking companies are often large corporations with significant financial resources. They will have an entire team of lawyers working on their behalf – sometimes beginning mere minutes after the accident – to minimize their financial liability. You need an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and resources necessary to level the playing field and fight for the compensation you deserve.
2: Your Case May Be Complex
There are many moving parts in a tractor trailer accident case. In addition to determining who is at fault, there may be multiple insurance carriers involved, as well as state and federal regulations that come into play. Additionally, in many of our cases, the police initially determine our client to be at fault. Among other things, we engage a private investigator and any necessary experts immediately. An experienced truck accident attorney will be able to quickly and efficiently make sense of the evidence and determine the best course of action for your case.
3: You Need Someone In Your Corner
After a serious accident, you will likely be dealing with significant physical pain, emotional trauma, and mountains of medical bills. The last thing you want to worry about is fighting with insurance companies or trucking corporations. Having an attorney on your side will allow you to focus on your recovery while we fight for the compensation you need and deserve under the law.
Our goal is simple:
To be the Best Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers For You.
The experienced Cincinnati personal injury lawyers at The Durst Law Firm have helped numerous victims of all kinds of transportation accidents, including tractor-trailer accidents. Check out our client reviews and the results we have achieved.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a tractor trailer accident, call Durst today at (513) 621-4999 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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