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What makes semi-truck accidents different?

By Saunders Law Group on February 27, 2013


Trucking Accidents Can Cause Significant Damage

Semi-trucks can weigh anywhere between 38,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. If an average car weighs 4,000 pounds, then a semi-truck will usually weigh somewhere between 10 and 20 times as much as a car. That much weight traveling at highway-type speeds creates a lot of inertia, making the semi-truck difficult to stop in case it is necessary.  Even at non-highway speeds, a semi-truck is generally significantly larger and heavier than the average vehicle and can cause a tremendous amount of damage if maintained, driven or maneuvered negligently.

Evidence Must be Gathered Quickly

Truckers and trucking corporations are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates things like safe carry limits, equipment standards, safety inspections, and so on.

Therefore, if you have been in a trucking accident, it is important to get legal representation quickly. At Saunders Law Group, we move quickly to fully investigate maintenance logs and inspection records to determine whether the accident may have been caused by negligent maintenance, a vehicle malfunction or driver oversight.

The Insurance Carrier

Another difference is that the driver will most likely be working for a trucking company, so instead of having individual insurance, the trucking company’s insurance and lawyers will be involved in the case.   Many insurance companies have departments dedicated to handling claims arising from trucking accidents.

With as much experience as they have in dealing with trucking accident cases, it is important to have someone on your side with just as much experience.  At Saunders Law Group, we have handled cases against truckers, trucking companies, and companies who use semi-trucks as a part of their business.  We can use our experience against drivers, owners and operators of semi-trucks to advocate for you if you or a loved one ever becomes involved in an accident with a semi-truck.

In a case such as this, we do not charge a fee unless we recover compensation for you, so do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with an attorney at Saunders Law Group.

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