Tractor Trailer and Truck Accidents
Although nearly as common as car crashes, the devastating effects of a tractor trailer or truck crash can be much greater. Damages can include lifelong disability, exorbitant medical bills, and sometimes paralysis or death. The serious injuries that occur in a truck accident require victims to seek immediate and often emergency medical attention. Likewise, survivors of truck crashes should also seek immediate help from a qualified NH truck accident lawyer.
Tractor trailer trucks are innately more dangerous than a passenger car. They carry thousands of tons of cargo, they are several times the size of a car, they have trailers that swing wide during turns, and they take significantly longer to slow down in an emergency situation. Additionally, big rig drivers are pressured to get their cargo to its destination in a timely manner. This can lead to driving while tired, driving in inclement weather, improperly loading the truck, skipping necessary maintenance, and other bad decisions. When these massive vehicles collide with other cars on the road, it is easy to understand why the most devastating losses can result.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determines the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel without a break, on which roads hazardous materials can be driven, and oversees alcohol and drug testing of semi-truck drivers. Truck companies also oversee their own employees. Together, these entities set out the rules and regulations to be followed. But the drivers are the ones who will ultimately make the final decisions. Drivers who engage in dangerous behavior, stay on the road for prolonged periods of time without rest, or use alcohol or drugs, can cause major collision which result in severe injuries or death to others.
The bottom line is: large trucks and tractor trailers can pose a significant danger to smaller cars and pedestrians. Small cars can fit under 18-wheelers. An SUV isn’t much of a match for a truck weighing in excess of 80,000 pounds. And pedestrians have no protection with a truck barreling toward them.
Victims of a semi-truck accident can have injuries that range from scrapes and bruises to paralysis, brain injuries, burns, and even death.
If you or someone you love is the victim of a tractor trailer crash in New Hampshire, it’s imperative you have someone on your side.
Do not wait to contact an injury attorney at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. The sooner legal representation is obtained, the faster we can begin collecting vital evidence and testimony.
It is also critical to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney before talking with the trucking carrier’s insurance company. Many insurance companies will often offer a quick settlement to resolve your claim. Oftentimes, the amount offered may cover the initial costs victims incur, but are usually not sufficient to provide for future costs and expenses. Our injury attorneys look beyond the medical bills – we take into account lost wages, pain and suffering damages, future care needs and other costs that may not come to mind immediately following a crash of this magnitude. While the victims continue therapy, return to doctors’ offices, and work to rebuild their lives, it is just as important to have a qualified attorneys help you navigating the legal aspects of the crash.
The personal injury attorneys at Tenn And Tenn are dedicated to providing effective, aggressive, and savvy legal representation. Our track record speaks for itself. Call us today on our Free Injury Helpline at 1-888-511-1010 if you have been injured in a Truck Accident in NH.