If you are involved in a truck accident, you want to seek the advice of a tractor trailer accident lawyer. Tractor trailer accidents are amongst some of the most serious types of motor vehicle accidents. Because of their size and weight, tractor trailers can cause serious damage and injuries.
It is essential that you contact a tractor trailer accident lawyer as soon possible after your accident. A lawyer would also advise you to collect as much evidence of your accident vb possible. This of course, means calling the police to report the accident. This also includes taking photographs with your cellphone to document the accident. You will also want to get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
History of Trucking
Prior to the 20th Century, most goods were transported over the land by rail. While trains could move large amounts of freight, they could only deliver to urban centers. The rise of the automobile led to rapid changes in the freight transportation industry. By 1914, there were nearly 100,000 trucks on the road in the United States.
Truck use rose during the first World War. The next few decades saw improved rural roads and the introduction of the diesel engine. This engine was considerably more efficient that gasoline engines. In addition, pneumatic tires, fifth wheel coupling systems, and the standardization of truck and trailer sizes all advanced the industry. The industry exploded with the New Deal and the expansion of the interstate highway system.
Today, the trucking industry serves the United States by transporting large quantities of materials and goods over land. These are typically from manufacturing plants to retail distribution centers. There are more than 3.6 million truck drivers in the United States. Around 2 million of those drivers driving tractor trailers.
Tractor Trailer Accident Cases
Because there are so many tractor trailers on the road today, motorists are at an increased risk of being involved in a tractor trailer accident. And due to their sheer size, tractor trailer accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Fortunately for those who are injured, tractor trailers usually have commercial insurance policies that can sufficiently compensate injured parties.
In a recent case in the Bronx, a driver was attempting to merge onto a highway exit ramp when he was side-swiped by a tractor trailer. The driver suffered herniations in his neck and a wrist fracture, and received a $1,500,000 award.
In another recent case, a police officer was driving on a Queens expressway when her vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer. She sustained injuries to her neck and right shoulder, which led to her early retirement from the police force. The case settled for $1,000,000 at mediation.
Finally, in a recent Bronx case, a driver and her passenger were severely injured when their vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer. At the time of the accident, their vehicle was stopped so the driver could allow her passenger to exit. At trial, the jury awarded the pair, a total of $4,820,000. Some $1,660,000 went to the driver and $3,160,000 was awarded to the passenger.
Tractor trailer accidents can cause serious injuries, but he right lawyers can secure their clients fair and full compensation.
Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers Who Care
The tractor trailer accident lawyers at The Platta Law Firm know the legal system inside and out. Our knowledge will make the difference to secure your life-changing recovery. Our attorneys are seasoned veterans who have over four decades legal experience focused on representing tractor trailer accident victims. We will walk you through every step of the legal process, and treat you as if you are family.
Call our team of experienced tractor trailer accident lawyers for a free legal consultation, where we will begin the process of getting you the compensation that you deserve.