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18-wheeler Crashes

18-wheeler Crashes

The sheer size of 18-wheelers, buses, and other large commercial trucks greatly increases the likelihood of injury during a collision. These injuries are often serious and can last for months or even years.

Brann Sullivan understands that physical injuries are only part of the devastating impact these collisions can have on a victim. They often leave economic damage in their wake, as victims lose income or even lose their jobs – all while facing mounting medical bills. As a result, people injured in these crashes can have difficulty paying their mortgages and other household bills. Some struggle just to put food on the table for their families. Put us to work for you so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries while we concentrate on pursuing those responsible for your injuries and getting you the money you deserve.  

Even though drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with trucks, major wrecks happen too often. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 116,000 people were injured and 4,067 people were killed in collisions involving large trucks in 2015.* As the demand for goods rises, we’ll see more 18-wheelers and large commercial vehicles on our roadways – making it likely that we’ll see more collisions as well.

Even well-trained, experienced drivers can run into trouble in severe weather or in areas under construction when driving these challenging vehicles. 18-wheelers have a wide turning radius, while double-trailer trucks have large blind spots. In addition, trucks of any size can worry and distract other drivers.

When these vehicles are not operated in compliance with federal and state law, drivers and trucking companies set the stage for problems. Collisions can happen as the result of:

  • Fatigue from driving for longer periods of time than allowed
  • Driving under influence of drugs like amphetamines
  • Overloading, which causes longer braking distances
  • Inadequate use of warning signals such as flares and reflective triangles
  • Improper training
  • Negligent hiring
  • Improper vehicle maintenance of the 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle

 

If you or someone you love have been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler, we can help make sure the responsible party is held accountable for your injuries. We will prepare your personal injury claim by examining all aspects of your accident, including the road conditions at the scene, the maintenance history of the truck, and the traffic record of the truck driver, and will use accident reconstruction, as indicated to prove how the wreck occurred.  

Contact us today for a free case review.