At 80,000 lbs. and 73 feet long, tractor-trailer rigs are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. The additional size makes it difficult for the driver of an 18-wheeler to see what is behind or to the side. The extra weight makes it much more difficult to stop, especially in an emergency.
The operation of tractor-trailer rigs, along with most commercial vehicles, is heavily regulated under federal and state law. Drivers are required to receive training and pass a test in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The vehicles that they drive must be inspected on a daily basis and properly maintained to ensure that they are safe for use on public roads. Drivers are limited by the number of hours that they can drive a tractor-trailer rig during any 24-hour period.
Most trucking companies utilize on-board computers that store critical information, to include the exact location of a large commercial truck/tractor-trailer rig at a particular point in time and the speed at which it was traveling. This data, along with the driver’s log books, the vehicle’s maintenance records, and the driver’s personnel file, must be preserved, retrieved, and analyzed in a timely manner. The failure to secure this evidence can adversely affect any potential claim that you might maintain against the trucking company and the driver of the large commercial truck/tractor-trailer rig.
Due to the significant differences in size and weight, the force of impact from a wreck between a large commercial truck/tractor-trailer rig and an automobile often results in the driver and passengers in the automobile being seriously injured or even killed.
The physical and financial consequences of a collision with a tractor-trailer rig can be life-altering. Only with the assistance of an attorney who has significant experience handling such cases and the resources to hold trucking companies accountable for their actions, do you and your loved ones stand a chance of being fully compensated for your losses. This must be coupled with the input of experts who are familiar with the various aspects of commercial trucking and have the ability to interpret key data.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a wreck with a tractor-trailer rig or other large commercial truck, contact us at the Ryder Law Firm. We will commit our considerable experience, financial resources, and time to maximize the recovery available to you and your family.