Truck accidents differ from car accidents in several respects, which is why you should seek representation from a trucking accident lawyer serving North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia when you are the victim of a big-rig crash. A lawyer who understands these differences is better prepared to mount a persuasive and decisive case in your favor. Lawsuits stemming from truck accidents deal with unique factors concerning their operation, including:
Personal injury lawyers understand that the unique structure of the big-rig truck — its size, weight, height, load, balance, articulation, and limited visibility — are all factors that contribute to truck accidents such as these:
Trucks are at risk of a rollover because of their high centers of gravity. Stability decreases when the weight of a vehicle is high off the ground. A truck tipping over is dangerous to nearby vehicles, which are sometimes crushed under the weight of a truck in a rollover.
The force of a big rig in motion results in disaster when the truck cannot stop or swerve in time to prevent impact. An 18-wheeler takes considerably longer to slow, stop, or swerve than a car does. Many accidents result from a truck's lack of maneuverability, while its greater force guarantees greater destruction in impacts. Our 18-wheeler accident attorneys see a variety of cases involving such catastrophic scenarios.
Trucks inherently possess three cornering problems:
Jackknifing occurs when the trailer, which can be much heavier than the cab of the truck when loaded, shoves forward as the driver tries to brake under adverse conditions. The trailer shoves into the cab, twisting it backward, like a closing jackknife. With the cab facing backward, the trucker loses control completely as the rig plows forward into slower traffic or crosses the median into oncoming traffic.
The primary purpose of a truck is to carry a load. But each load introduces risks, such as:
When shippers, carriers or truck drivers ignore these risks or improperly load a trailer, they must be held accountable for the injuries caused by their actions.
Our North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia trucking accident law firm seeks out all potentially liable parties in order to maximize your compensation. We pay attention to the unique details and circumstances of your accident and use those details to your advantage in every way possible to recover the full amount of all your damages.
Whether you suffered a personal injury or loss of a loved one in a truck accident, the trucking accident attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban want to help. Call us today at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia attorneys.
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