SEGMENT: Tractor Trailer Wrecks
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My dad was driving on the interstate and a guy driving a tractor trailer hit the rear of my dad’s car. It spun his car around and he crashed into the median.
And I’ll talk about car wrecks involving tractor trailers in just a moment.
But let me start off by saying the men and women that are out there driving tractor trailers are extremely important to our economy.
Most are very conscientious professionals.
They are careful about how they drive their rigs.
And they make sure that the tractors they are operating and the trailers they are pulling are in the safest condition.
Some people refer to Tractor Trailers as “40 Tons of Death on Wheels.” And for good reason . . .
As large as these trucks are, even a relatively low impact collision can often lead to serious injuries or even death.
A typical, fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds.
Will you dad be able to take on the tractor trailer company, the insurance company, and their lawyers by himself – especially when he is trying to recuperate from his injuries?
Claims against a trucking company can be very complex, and they have many legal issues that need to be investigated right away.
If you don’t act quickly, the evidence against the truck driver or the trucking company could be lost.
Federal law requires Truck drivers to keep a log of their hours.
This log reflects when they start their day, all stops along the way, and certifies that they have inspected their vehicles.
These logs can also be used as evidence that the driver was speeding between his last stop and where the wreck occurred, or that he suffered from driver fatigue because of the number of hours he spent on the road.
And how long are truck driver’s required to keep their driver’s logs?
They must continue to supervise the drivers too to make sure they are not operating their rigs in an unsafe manner.
(1) Drive with caution around trucks on the road.
If you or a family member is involved in a tractor trailer wreck, the single most important piece of advice I can give you is this:
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a distracted driver, Just pick up the phone right now and give us a call at (770) 934-8000.
Our legal professionals are standing by right now to speak with you.
You owe it to yourself – to your family – to get the help you need.
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