Driving an automobile is something that most of us do daily. With modern technology such as smart play radios, iPhones, Androids, smartphones, TVs, iPads, computers, and other distractions, it is not surprising there are so many automobile accidents each day. For those of us who travel on interstates and highways where large commercial vehicles and 18-wheeler tractor trailers travel, the road can be an even more dangerous place. Distracted driving has become a serious problem for drivers of all ages and vehicles, and 18-wheeler drivers are not immune to distracted driving.
Our law firm handles cases for clients who have been seriously hurt and injured in automobile wrecks with 18-wheeler trucks and tractor-trailers. We have learned from investigating 18-wheeler companies and deposing 18-wheeler drivers that driving a big rig is a very dangerous and stressful job. It is not surprising that many 18-wheeler drivers do not actually like their job being responsible for driving such a large, dangerous, and heavy piece of equipment. 18-wheeler drivers are specifically trained to know how to properly drive and handle their 18-wheeler rigs. There is a special type of license that an 18-wheeler driver must obtain in order to become an 18-wheeler driver. All of these factors affect how an 18-wheeler driver should operate his truck. There are many rules and regulations governing the operation of 18-wheeler tractor trailers. Both the 18-wheeler driver and the company, along with their insurance company, may be responsible for your injuries and property damage as a result of a wreck with an 18-wheeler tractor trailer or company vehicle.
What to do if you have been in a wreck with an 18-wheeler or commercial truck or vehicle:
- STOP immediately, but do NOT block traffic.
- CALL the police. Tell them about all aches, pains, and injuries.
- GET the names, phone numbers, and addresses of all drivers and witnesses.
- GET the make, model, license plate numbers, and insurance of ALL vehicles involved.
- TAKE pictures of the accident scene, injuries, and ALL the information above.
- Remain CALM and COURTEOUS.
- FOLLOWING the accident, make an appointment with YOUR doctor.
- Do NOT post on social media about your accident.
- Do NOT accept any settlements at the scene of the accident.
- NOTIFY your attorney as soon as possible. Bring ALL questions and concerns so you may be guided through the next steps.
It is important that you speak with a trial attorney who handles these types of claims. You want to make sure that your attorney addresses not only the behavior and negligence of the 18-wheeler driver himself, but also any negligent training and supervision of the 18-wheeler company, itself. It is important you meet with an attorney that understands the insurance requirements for an 18-wheeler company, and is willing to do what is necessary to discover all policies in place to obtain the best result possible for you under the law and facts of your case.
We have helped many clients who have been in circumstances similar to yours, and we welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family through this difficult time.
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