What exactly is a truck tractor trailer?
A tractor trailers combination of a trailer and a tractor. A tractor is a cab where a driver sits and pulls a load. A trailer is what holds the cargo and gets pulled by the tractor and a truck.
What are the top causes of trucking accidents?
With the combination of driver error and truck driver error a fatal accident can occur. These are the top truck driver errors:
- Driver is under the influence
- Driver is speeding
- They did not check blind spots
- They are fatigued
- Inadequate driver qualification
- Lack of driver training
- Unsecured cargo
What are the top injuries from a tractor trailer accident?
How can I lessen the chances of getting into a tractor trailer accident?
There are multiple things you can do to try to lessen the chances of getting into one of these fatal accidents. The number one thing to do is to avoid the trailers blind spot. These blind spots are the side of the trailer, the back side of the trailer, and the part of trailer that is connected to the cargo. Try not to make abrupt changes in lanes, make sure you use your turn signal. And as always keep a safe distance from the truck. At least 4 seconds away from the tractor trailer.
What should I do after a tractor trailer accident?
The time right after an accident can be stressful because you are in shock but it can be the most crucial moment. If you can follow these steps to make your case stronger:
- Call 911 and seek medical attention
- Call the police and file a report
- Take the driver’s information including insurance
- Take photos of any damages that have been done
- Take photos of the weather condition and road conditions
- Take witness’ information and what they saw
- Call me!
How are you going to prove my case?
I look at every case in its own unique way because every case is different. But the one thing I always do for every case is though investigation of your accident. I will be looking at:
- The driver’s credentials
- Did the driver follow all traffic law?
- The area where the accident happened
- Look over police reports
- If available, interview all witnesses
Who can be held responsible for my injuries?
Because tractor trailer accidents are more complicated than regular car accident multiple parties can be held liable. These are the ones who can be held accountable:
- The tractor trailer driver
- The company the driver works for
- The parts manufacturer
- A third party
How will you prove my damages?
You may think that those documents or photographs may not strengthen your case, but they actually make your case even stronger. It may be obvious that the liable party caused your injury but you are going to need those photographs and documents to make your case even stronger. Some examples that will make your case stronger is:
- Medical documents
- Any medical imaging
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
- Police report
- Proof of loss benefits
- Any receipts that show any expenses related to your injury
Let me help you get through the stress of holding someone else liable for your injuries and make it easier for you!
Contact The Reyes Firm at 813-421-3411
We are here for you 24/7 and have the experience to protect your interests and get you the recovery you deserve. Call us today – and above all be safe on the roads!