Tractor-Trailer Accidents

While you probably don't think about it, and we often get behind the wheel of a vehicle every single day, any time you get behind the wheel, you are taking a risk. Not only do you assume the responsibilities of practicing defensive driving, but you assume every other driver on the road is doing the same. However, when they do not, car crashes and accidents occur.

It's a scary thought, and even scarier when you are involved in a crash yourself. Perhaps even more frightening is a crash involving a standard vehicle and a tractor trailer or semi-truck. What makes a crash worse is when it could have been avoided, meaning it occurred at the hands of a negligent semi-truck driver.

Negligent drivers include those found guilty of:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and/or prescription medication
  • Aggressive driving
  • Not following road rules
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Lack of experience behind the wheel
  • Not obeying work zone road rules
  • Driving with distractions
  • Not paying attention while behind the wheel

The fact of the matter is, a negligent driver is a person who broke the law. He or she got behind the wheel and did not take this responsibility very seriously. If this resulted in your sustaining personal injuries, they should be held accountable, especially in the crashes involving big rigs or semi-trucks.

Even more so than regular drivers, semi-truck or big rig drivers have to follow separate a set of state and federal regulations, along with standard driving road rules, in order to operate a truck of that size. They also operate under different insurance premiums with higher limits than standard drivers. Lastly, in the case of a crash, they are not the only ones who are financial responsibility.

So, if a driver of a tractor trailer were to be negligent, and a crash caused you injuries and/or property damage, then forming a case to receive compensation is in your best interest. You should not be punished for obeying road rules and being a cautious driver when someone else's recklessness was at fault. Not to mention that, because of the different factors surrounding semi-truck crashes, you have a better chance of achieving your personal injury settlement.

A rundown on the common compensatory damages rewarded to those who sustain personal injuries due to tractor trailer crashes:

  • Medical treatment
  • Property loss
  • Income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

• Loss of employment

If you have been injured in a tractor trailer crash and believe it was at the fault of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Make sure to obtain the right legal counsel to ensure that you win the settlement that you deserve.

Having worked closely with personal injury cases and insurance companies in the past, the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, has a unique approach to handling personal injury and negligence cases. Rather than aiming for the quickest settlement possible, we aim to give our clients the maximum payoff they deserve.