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The Devastating Results Of Colliding With A Semi Truck

Semi-trucks, 18-wheelers and other big trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That is more than 10 times as much as the largest pickup trucks and SUVs. The destructive force of 30 to 40 tons, even at low speeds, usually leads to spinal cord, neck and back injuries as well as traumatic brain injuries.

Our legal team has extensive experience representing big truck accident victims. We understand what you are going through, and we are here to help.

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The Complex Nature Of Big Truck Accident Claims

Injury claims involving accidents with big trucks are much different than accident claims involving only passenger vehicles. There are federal regulations concerning the work hours of truckers, licenses and record-keeping. There are also several parties beyond just the driver of the truck who can be held liable. Parties that may be subject to a claim include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company that owns the truck
  • The company responsible for the maintenance of the truck
  • The company that loaded the truck
  • The truck manufacturer

Trucking companies carry large insurance policies on their fleets of trucks. They often employ teams that respond to accidents within hours, so they always have a head start on preparing to defend themselves against possible claims. That’s why it is important to hire a firm like Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire with experience dealing with these kinds of complex personal injury claims.

Common Causes Of Truck Accidents

Most big rigs also carry a “black box” that records data concerning speed, GPS information and hours of operation. This information is vital in determining liability, but it doesn’t always tell the whole story. Truck driver action or inaction may also be a root cause of the collision. Common causes of accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving in inclement weather
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Poorly trained or untrained drivers
  • Overloaded or poorly loaded cargo

Determining who is at fault requires a thorough understanding of trucking regulations and insurance industry guidelines. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience to get you results in a big truck injury claim.

Contact The Truck Accident Attorneys At Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a big truck or commercial vehicle, we will work diligently to get you full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Fill out our online contact form, or call us today at 619-236-9363 to schedule a free initial consultation. Let us help you make your life better again.