Tractor Trailers are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road today. They may weigh up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded and often times they are operated by people who do not have the knowledge nor the experience to drive such large and dangerous vehicles.
What makes matters worse is when a tractor-trailer collides with an average car weighing approximately 4,000 pounds. In these instances, the damage caused to the car and its occupants is usually catastrophic. Even when a tractor-trailer “taps” the rear bumper of a car, the kinetic energy transferred to the car and driver is enough to cause severe spinal injuries.
Rear end collisions caused by fully loaded trucks are common because tractor-trailers require 40% more time to stop then average passenger vehicles. While there are a number of federal regulations and state laws that impose stringent safety requirements on trucking companies, these rules are often disregarded in favor of higher profits.
Any experienced injury attorney who represents victims of trucking accidents has come across falsified driver’s logs, which allow drivers to operate their vehicles without sufficient rest beyond mandated time limits. It is not uncommon to discover vehicle inspections or driver’s medical records that have been fraudulently prepared all in the name of boosting profits over public safety.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a trucking accident, be sure that the lawyer you choose is a certified civil trial attorney who has experience representing victims of tractor-trailer accidents. It is without a doubt one of the most important decision you will make following a collision with an 18-wheeler. If you would like to meet with me here in my firm’s Lawrenceville, New Jersey office, please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your case and your possible course of action in more detail.