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For the most part, truck drivers are trained to be diligent, patient, and safe drivers, however, there are times when they can become distracted and this can contribute to a semi-trailer accident.
Due to the many thousands of miles truck drivers are required to drive in order to fulfill on their delivery obligations, often with very little sleep, they may end up in a semi-trailer accident.
Many semi-trailer accident cases end up settling out of court, and can settle for millions of dollars. While trucking companies may originally try to wiggle out of taking responsibility for their truck driver being at fault, if you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck, a good lawyer knows how to get you the compensation you deserve.
There are many circumstances that can contribute to an accident.
Some causes for semi-trailer accidents:
- Tired drivers
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Distracted drivers
- Inexperienced drivers
- Improper loading of cargo
- Playing with the radio
- Punching an address into a GPS
- Eating or drinking
- Talking on the phone
As you can see, there are a large number of potential causes for a semi-trailer accident. And, because trucks are large and carry a substantial amount of weight, semi-trailer accidents can and often do result in very serious injuries and even fatalities.
While the Federal government does regulate the number of hours a truck driver can drive in one day, requiring breaks of a certain length, as well as providing standards for truck maintenance, it’s up to the truck drivers to comply. And, it’s up to the trucking companies to ensure all vehicles receive the proper inspections and maintenance.
All too often truck drivers push themselves to drive longer than they should without taking breaks because of the extra compensation they are offered for meeting and exceeding nearly impossible deadlines.
What to do if you’re involved in a semi-trailer accident
If you’ve been involved in a semi-trailer accident, contact a lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your case. Don’t deal with insurance companies alone, they are not on your side if you are trying to collect a settlement from them.
Insurance companies do not want to pay out any more money in a settlement than they have to, and they will do everything they can to give you as little as possible, including lying about what your policy covers.
Having a lawyer representing you while dealing with insurance companies in a semi-trailer accident will ensure that the insurance company will be as straightforward as possible, because they know they can’t get away with lying to a lawyer.
Get the compensation you deserve by calling a lawyer to discuss your case today.