Tractor Trailers Result in an Increased Number of Deaths
Tractor trailers are vital part of our economy. Each day, millions of trucks filled with a variety of cargo travel our highways. There are 500,000 accidents involving semis each year, and 5,000 fatalities. It should come as no surprise that the fatalities and serious injuries often affect individuals in passenger cars. Passenger vehicles are just a fraction of the size of tractor trailers, and in accidents they can be tossed about, rolled over, or crushed.
Tractor trailer drivers must undergo training in order to drive these super-sized vehicles. No training, however, can prepare them for the long hours they must put in. Some drivers are on the road for 11 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s easy to understand how driver fatigue plays a role in accidents. Worse still, some drivers break the federal laws and spend even more hours behind the wheel in an effort to meet deadlines.
If you have been hurt in a tractor trailer accident, it is important to contact a Madison personal injury lawyer right away. Tractor trailers are equipped with recording devices that sense movement and performance within the vehicle during the accident, much like a black box does in an airplane. It is important that these devices are recovered immediately following the accident so that they are not recorded over. Our experienced attorneys understand that they should take action immediately to secure these devices. We will then work with specialists to understand the material on the device and help determine what factors were at play in your crash.
Our law firm in Madison, WI has experience representing individuals injured in tractor trailer accidents. We understand that truckers may try to place the blame on you, especially as their livelihood may be at stake if they are found negligent. That’s why we work with professionals to recreate the accident and determine exactly who is responsible. Rest assured, we’ll work closely with you and listen to your account of the crash. Even if you feel you may be responsible, it is important to contact a Madison personal injury lawyer before you speak with an insurance adjuster. We can help you determine if you were at fault.
Injuries incurred during tractor trailer accidents can be especially egregious. That’s why we will work on your case so that you can focus on your recovery. If you’ve been injured in a collision with a tractor trailer, contact the personal injury lawyers Madison, WI today either online or at 608-256-8356.