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Some of the worst wrecks involve 18-wheelers. As the biggest, heaviest vehicles on the roads, big rig accidents can have horrible, heartbreaking outcomes — and many of them could have been avoided if only some party had been more responsible or careful.
When you or someone you love is hurt in a tractor-trailer accident, you can get the superior representation you deserve from a 5-star truck accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
We have more than 20 years of experience representing survivors and families in the toughest truck wreck cases. Strategic, tireless, and compassionate, we have the skills, resources, and knowledge to stand up to any opponent inside or outside the courtroom, and we know how to win. Our truck accident attorneys are proud to be the fierce, reliable, and relentless advocates victims can trust when it’s time to recover from an 18-wheeler accident.
No matter when you need answers or advocacy, we’re ready to help you 24/7.
Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers has recovered millions in all types of 18-wheeler accident cases. Your claim and recovery could be our next victory.
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How Does Negligence Cause 18-Wheeler Accidents?
Reckless choices, oversights, and performance errors on the road are just a few ways negligence can lead to truck crashes. This negligence can come from various parties, including drivers, trucking companies, automakers, and others.
More than 8 in 10 big rig wrecks are caused by motorists’ actions or inactions. Most of the time:
- Non-commercial drivers are making the mistakes that cause truck wrecks: The drivers of passenger vehicles commit accident-causing errors more often than truckers. Nevertheless, when truckers’ errors do contribute to wrecks, they tend to include speeding, prescription drug impairment, and performance errors on unfamiliar roads.
- The mistakes tend to include decision errors: These can include choosing to drive while impaired, driving too fast for the conditions, or attempting maneuvers without sufficient space or time to safely complete them. Keep in mind, however, that motorists’ perception errors and performance errors also routinely contribute to big rig wrecks.
Determining if motorist negligence caused a truck accident can involve examining various evidence, like (but not limited to):
- Accident photos and videos
- The police report
- Witness statements
- Debris from the crash
- Records for vehicles, drivers, and motor carriers
Motor Carrier Negligence
Failing to abide by state or federal trucking regulations is a common way trucking companies can be negligent and end up causing truck accidents. This negligence can include (and is not limited to) failing to:
- Properly screen drivers during the hiring process
- Train drivers, especially if there are special rules for the cargo they handle (like hazardous materials or animals)
- Maintain trucks to keep them in safe condition
- Comply with cargo securement and loading rules
- Enforce or abide by hours-of-service rules
It often takes some digging into motor carrier’s records, vehicle maintenance records, and more to find out if truck company negligence has caused a wreck.
Equipment failures and mechanical problems on 18-wheelers cause about 6% of all fatal 18-wheeler crashes. While the brakes and the tires experience the most failures, it’s not uncommon for other essential systems — like the transmission, the engine, and the electrical systems — to fail if manufacturers fail to:
- Design safe equipment
- Properly install equipment on trucks
- Test the safety of their equipment
Here, it’s important to remember that a truck’s mechanical failures may not solely be the result of manufacturer negligence. In some cases, motor carriers’ failures to maintain trucks or even overloading 18-wheelers can also play a role in equipment failures and big rig crashes.
Various other forms of negligence can and does lead to serious semi crashes far too often. Some examples include:
- Failures to properly secure cargo: Each year, about 10,000 truck accidents result from unstable or unsecured cargo. These cargo failures can lead to top heavy 18-wheelers, jackknife truck accidents, and runaway trailer wrecks.
- Failures to pull over in adverse weather: When heavy storms or any adverse weather minimizes visibility and makes the roads dangerous, truckers and motor carriers may still choose to forge ahead, even though it would be safer to pull over.
- Unsafe roads: Dangerous road design, a lack of signs and traffic signals, and failures to keep streets in decent condition can all lead to tractor-trailer crashes. For example, if roads lack shoulder areas for vehicles to safely pull off the road, any vehicles that do end up stopped on the roadside can be in the path of traffic and end up causing big rig accidents.
The best way to figure out all forms of negligence that may have been at play in a truck accident is to talk to a lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
Truck Accident Statistics
Tractor-trailer crashes have been on the rise in the U.S., claiming thousands of victims every year. In fact, the latest truck accident statistics shared below show how often big rig wrecks are hurting and killing people across the nation (source: FMCSA).
- Each year in the U.S., there are more than 5,200 fatal truck accidents.
- Since 2018, deadly truck wrecks have increased by 2% while injury-related big rig crashes have surged by about 6%.
- About 57% of fatal big rig accidents occur in rural areas while about 25% happen on Interstate roads.
- About 36% of deadly truck accidents happen at night (from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.).
- About 1 in 3 deadly accidents at highway work zones involves at least one big rig.
- Rollovers are the first harmful event in about 4% of all fatal truck accidents.
- In about 3 out of every 4 fatal truck accidents, the cause of the crash is another vehicle or object entering a truck’s lane.
The numbers paint a jaw-dropping portrait of damage and lost lives, but these statistics don’t shed light on victims’ deep trauma — and they don’t help victims get justice. What can help in the pursuit of justice is contacting a truck accident attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We offer experienced representation for all types of 18-wheeler accident cases.
8 Steps to Take After a Tractor-Trailer Accident
Call 911 after any big rig crash that causes injuries or blocks traffic. You should also call 911 if any involved driver may be impaired or if anyone flees the scene of the crash. Next, if possible, take these steps:
- See a doctor, either at the scene or ASAP after you leave.
- Record the names and contact information for every involved party and any witnesses. Also, gather driver and vehicle info from all other motorists and note (or take a picture of) themotor carrier ID number printed on the trailer.
- Take pictures and video of the scene, the other involved parties, and what happens after the crash.
- Never admit fault, and don’t apologize, even if you’re just expressing empathy for other victims.
- Continue receiving the medical care you need for your truck accident injuries.
- Call your insurance company to report the accident. Try not to delay this report more than a day or two if possible.
- Keep everything you have related to the crash, including items you receive after, like insurance companies’ letters and doctors’ bills.
- Get free, confidential advice about your legal options from a truck accident attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
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When Should I Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer?
The sooner, the better. If you think you need a lawyer, waiting to talk to one won’t help you.
The truth is that you have limited time to file a case — and the longer you wait, the more challenging it could be to successfully resolve your case.
By consulting with an attorney as soon as possible after a tractor-trailer crash, you can immediately start protecting your rights. You can also get the answers, advice, and advocacy needed to build a stronger, more persuasive case.
Also, keep in mind that:
- You don’t need to know all of the facts about a crash before you talk to an attorney.
- Motor carriers, insurance companies, and others may already be investigating the crash. If they are, they could be steps ahead on fighting your claim and disputing compensation.
- You can talk to a lawyer for free. You don’t have to pay any legal fees unless your truck accident attorney wins compensation for your case.
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we are ready to talk to you about a potential 18-wheeler crash claim whenever you need answers. We can start investigating your case right away, and we’ll help you navigate each step going forward.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
The value of any tractor-trailer crash case depends on the injuries and damages involved. Those can include past and future losses resulting from truck accident injuries, as well as economic and non-economic damages.
Commonly, the damages included in truck accident compensation include (but may not be limited to):
- Medical bills
- Lost wages, benefits, and bonuses
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (after deadly truck crashes)
- Loss of consortium
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It costs nothing to learn more about your rights and legal options after an 18-wheeler accident. In fact, talking to a lawyer can uncover key information that can help you get a case started on the right foot.
To get the answers you need, simply contact a truck accident attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We provide unmatched counsel and superior advocacy to help truck accident victims win. To discover the difference our team can make in your case and recovery, just contact us today.