TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENTS
If you have been seriously injured in a wreck with a tractor trailer or other large commercial truck, make sure you contact a tractor trailer collision attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. If a friend, family member, or other loved one has been killed by a 18 wheeler or some other big truck, you should know all of the rights of the victim’s family members to recover for the lost wages and other benefits the victim would have earned, as well as for the other harms and losses suffered by the victim’s beneficiaries. At the Johnson Law Group, LLC, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death attorneys are here to explain your options.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported 4,311 fatalities resulting from commercial truck wrecks in 2015, an alarming 8% jump from 2014. Most large truck fatalities occur on weekday nights, between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am, and 60% of these fatal crashes occur on rural roads, with 25% occurring on the highway.
In Maryland and the District of Columbia, big rig drivers are required to use reasonable care when operating a semi or 18 wheeler in order to avoid causing injury or death to others on the road. Tractor trailer drivers are also required to abide by the regulations set forth by the FMCSA. These requirements include the responsibility of the driver to follow hours of service rules, keep a logbook of the hours he or she drives, and get sufficient rest and sleep.
Tractor Trailer Collisions and big Commercial Truck wrecks often involve death or:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Severe Burns and Scarring
Common causes of 18 wheeler collisions include improper turns, driver fatigue, speeding, alcohol and other drug use, failure to check blind spots, following too closely, distracted driving, improper truck maintenance, and inadequate or improper driver training. Some examples of tractor trailer collisions include head-on collisions, jackknife accidents, rollovers, sideswipes, underride wrecks, improper maneuvers or turns, tire blowouts, and cargo shifts or spills. As a knowledgeable tractor trailer collision lawyer based in the Charlotte area, Curtis C. Osborne can help victims who have been hurt in any of these types of accidents.
Take Action Following a Tractor Trailer Collision
Tractor trailer collisions create devastation for victims and the friends and family members of those catastrophically injured and killed. Mortgage or rent payments and the payment of other expenses that were previously paid by a victim of a tractor trailer collision can leave a victim and his or her family members unsure of where to turn for help and answers. Compensation for the past and future lost wages and other benefits can be recovered by the injured victim or a deceased victim’s family members from the at-fault parties involved.
Tractor Trailer Collisions can be the fault of multiple parties, and all of the at-fault parties are often not obvious. It is important to contact an attorney who is experienced in litigating these types of cases. Get someone on your side who has the best interests of you and your family at heart.
The Johnson Law Group, LLC with twenty (20) years of litigation experience is here to provide you a caring and professional service in your time of need. Please contacts us for free consultation to discuss your options.