Semi-truck drivers and the companies they work for have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Unsafe driving, oversized loads, and various other practices put the public and the truck operators in danger. Large and heavy trucks are easily affected by inferior road and weather conditions that can lead to accidents. These trucks so far outweigh any size of passenger vehicle that when an accident occurs, the passengers in the car are frequently severely hurt. Injuries sustained in a truck accident can ruin it forever or severely impair your ability to live comfortably for an extended period of time, or even a lifetime.
Drivers and passengers involved in trucking accidents are entitled to have their medical bills paid, their lost wages compensated, collision damage repaired, and may pursue a recovery for physical injuries, disability and impairment, and pain and suffering. The truck driver may also be entitled to Workers Compensation Benefits for injuries sustained.
Truck accident victims often do not receive fair compensation for injuries and lost wages as insurance companies always try to pay out as little as possible to keep their profits high.
With over 25 years of experience and success in achieving monetary awards for our accident clients, the attorneys at theWolf Law understand how to successfully represent trucking accident victims. We handle many different types of trucking accident cases, including those resulting from drunk driving, truck defect/malfunction, and trucking company negligence or recklessness.
Truck Underride Accidents
Truck under-riding, ultimately, results from a combination of an unsafe truck and a driver error — whether that driver is the truck driver or car driver. Smaller cars are at a greater risk, but any car can be at risk due to the tremendous ground clearance of tractor-trailers. When the car becomes trapped underneath the truck, the car is subjected to substantial force. This force, and the intrusion of the trailer bottom onto the roof of the car, can result in death by decapitation, or paralysis due to spinal injuries. Closed-head brain injuries, including concussion, are also possible as a result of these accidents, as are severe lacerations and broken bones.
Although long-standing federal law requires trucks to possess a rear guard, often a bar located directly below the trailer’s rear bumper, many trucks on the road are not in compliance with even this basic safeguard. Furthermore, the trucking industry has shunned protection against side under-running accidents. The failure to protect against the possibility of under-running on both the back and sides leaves truck drivers and trucking companies liable for injuries and damages caused by these devastating accidents.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, then you may have the right to claim damages from the party at fault. Contact us today at (732) 741-4448 for a free consultation.