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18-Wheeler Accidents

Introduction

18-wheeler Accidents are more likely to cause catastrophic outcomes, leaving victims with severe injuries, substantial medical bills, lost income, and emotional distress. At Green Injury Law Firm, we understand the urgency of providing prompt and comprehensive legal assistance in these critical situations.
Most 18-wheeler Accident cases are more serious, more valuable, and more complex than a typical auto accident case. A professional truck driver is required to obtain a commercial driver’s license and is held to a higher standard compared to the standard motorist. Our team knows the “ins and outs” of the commercial driver’s license handbook and has won many cases by proving that professional drivers deviated from the rule book. Most drivers never follow all the rules which is why tractor-trailer accidents occur.
We also know the importance of including the trucking company in the lawsuit and making sure they comply with all federal regulations regarding pre-trip inspections, weigh-ins, and driver rest periods. Finally, we have access to the best expert witnesses and engineers who can inspect the trucks and recreate the crash to provide us with the evidence needed to win the case.
At Green Injury Law Firm, we prioritize open communication, personalized attention, and unwavering support for our clients throughout their legal journey. We strive to alleviate their burdens by shouldering the complexities of the legal process, allowing them to focus on their recovery and well-being.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, we are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how our experienced team can assist you in pursuing the justice and compensation you deserve.

Common Causes Of 18-Wheeler Accidents

18-wheeler accidents are often the result of a combination of factors, ranging from human error to mechanical failures. Understanding these common causes is essential in preventing future incidents and holding responsible parties accountable. At Green Injury Law Firm, we have identified several prevalent factors contributing to 18-wheeler accidents:
  1. Speeding: There is an inherent incentive for 18-wheeler drivers to speed. Trucking companies are often paid by the load, so they may prioritize quick deliveries to maximize profits. This pressure to speed can lead to violations, impacting drivers’ safety records and potentially increasing the risk of accidents.
  2. Hours of Service Violations: The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) sets regulations on the hours that commercial truckers can drive and mandates rest periods. However, violations of these rules are not uncommon among 18-wheeler drivers and companies, posing significant risks to road safety.
  3. Failing to Obey Traffic Control Devices or Signs: Some 18-wheeler drivers may disregard traffic signals or signs due to the size and power of their vehicles. This behavior can include running red lights, ignoring stop signs, passing in no-pass zones, and other infractions, potentially endangering other motorists and pedestrians.
  4. Overloading or Improper Loading: Improper loading or overloading of cargo on 18-wheelers can lead to instability and increased risk of accidents. Cargo shifts during transit or falls off the truck, potentially causing rollovers, tire blowouts, and other hazardous situations on the road.
  5. Substance Use: The demanding nature of operating an 18-wheeler can lead some drivers to turn to drugs or alcohol to combat fatigue or boredom during long journeys. However, impaired driving significantly heightens the risk of accidents and endangers everyone on the road.
  6. Licensing Violations: Operating an 18-wheeler requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and possibly additional endorsements depending on the vehicle type and cargo. Violations can include driving without a valid CDL, driving with an expired or incorrect license, or attempting to secure multiple licenses across different states.
  7. Mobile Phone Use: Commercial drivers, including those operating 18-wheelers, are prohibited from using mobile phones while driving. Despite this regulation, some drivers may still engage in this dangerous behavior, increasing the risk of accidents due to distraction.
  8. Neglecting Pre-Trip Inspections: Pre-trip inspections are crucial for identifying potential mechanical issues that could contribute to accidents. Neglecting these inspections or conducting them hastily compromises safety and increases the likelihood of mechanical failures on the road.
  9. Record-Keeping Violations: Accurate record-keeping is essential for 18-wheeler drivers to track their driving time, breaks, and dispatching information. Failure to maintain proper records or falsifying them can result in severe penalties and potentially contribute to accidents.
  10. Following Too Closely: Tailgating or following too closely is particularly dangerous when the trailing vehicle is an 18-wheeler due to its size and weight. This reckless behavior reduces stopping distances and increases the risk of rear-end collisions, posing a significant hazard to other road users.
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What To Do After An 18-Wheeler Accident?

  • Move to a safe location and use hazard signals.
  • Seek medical attention promptly, even for seemingly minor injuries.
  • Call 911 to report the accident and request law enforcement assistance.
  • Take photos, collect witness information, and exchange details with the truck driver.
  • Avoid admitting fault or making statements that could be misconstrued.
  • Notify your insurance company of the accident without discussing fault.
  • Consult with an experienced attorney specializing in 18-wheeler accidents.
  • Follow through with recommended medical treatment and document expenses.
  • Preserve evidence, including medical records and correspondence with insurers.
  • Educate yourself about your legal rights and options for seeking compensation.

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Recoverable Damage from 18-Wheeler Accidents

  • Medical expenses: Hospital bills, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost wages: Income lost due to missed work or reduced earning capacity.
  • Property damage: Repair or replacement costs for vehicles and belongings.
  • Pain and suffering: Physical discomfort and emotional distress.
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement resulting from the accident.
  • Loss of consortium: Impact on relationships for family members affected by the victim’s injuries.
  • Punitive damages: Awarded if the truck driver or company’s actions are reckless or negligent.
  • Funeral and burial expenses: In case of wrongful death.

Common Defenses To 18-Wheeler Accident Cases

  • Comparative Negligence: This defense suggests that the plaintiff (the person filing the lawsuit) also contributed to the accident through their negligence. If successful, this can reduce the amount of compensation awarded to the plaintiff.
  • Lack of Evidence of Negligence : The defense may claim that there is insufficient evidence to prove that the trucking company or its driver was negligent in causing the accident.
  • Compliance with Regulations : Trucking companies may argue that their driver and the company complied with all applicable federal and state regulations, such as hours of service rules, vehicle maintenance requirements, and driver qualifications.
  • Third-party Liability : In some cases, the defense may try to shift blame to a third party, such as a manufacturer of a defective part or a company responsible for road maintenance.

How Long Does It Take To Resolve An 18-Wheeler Accident Case?

The time it takes to resolve an 18-wheeler accident case can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the complexity of the case, the extent of injuries and damages, the cooperation of involved parties, and the legal process involved. However, it typically takes anywhere from several months to several years to resolve.

Some cases may be settled out of court through negotiations with insurance companies, leading to a faster resolution, while others may require litigation and trial, which can prolong the process. Additionally, factors such as pre-trial motions, discovery, expert testimony, and appeals can further extend the timeline. It’s essential to work with an experienced attorney who can provide guidance and advocacy throughout the legal process and work towards achieving a timely and favorable outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prioritize safety, seek medical attention, call law enforcement, gather evidence, and avoid admitting fault.
Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, internal organ damage, and severe lacerations.
Liability may extend to the truck driver, trucking company, vehicle manufacturer, maintenance provider, or other negligent parties involved.
Evidence such as police reports, eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage, vehicle maintenance records, and expert analysis can help establish liability.
Recoverable damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and punitive damages.
The statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident.
It’s essential to consult with an attorney before accepting any settlement offer to ensure it adequately compensates you for your injuries and losses.
Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case, making legal representation accessible to all.
The time frame varies depending on factors such as case complexity, extent of injuries, cooperation of involved parties, and legal process involved, ranging from several months to several years.
Look for an attorney with experience handling 18-wheeler accident cases, a track record of success, good communication skills, and a commitment to advocating for your best interests.