A semi-truck or tractor-trailer accident can cause serious injuries. Catastrophic injuries and property damage result when an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer collides with a 2,000-pound car or 4,000-pound SUV. And because the impact of a truck accident is larger than a normal car, a tractor-trailer accident claim is also more complex.
How Tractor-Trailer Accidents Are More Dangerous
Tractor-trailer accidents are different from car accidents because they present unique road hazards:
- A tractor-trailer puts enormous stress on its tires that can result in tire blowouts. The driver may lose control of the vehicle’s handling and collide with nearby cars.
- A tractor-trailer has more blind spots than a car. A negligent driver can easily be unaware of surrounding vehicles.
- A tractor-trailer has a high center of gravity and is at risk of a rollover in curves along the road or on highway entrance and exit ramps. High winds can also cause rollovers because of a truck’s large surface area.
- A car can slide under a tractor-trailer in what’s called an underride. Tractor-trailers have rear guards to prevent underride in rear-end accidents. But there is still a danger of underrides in sideswipes and side-impact collisions.
How Pursuing a Tractor-Trailer Accident Claim is More Complex
If your accident was with a tractor-trailer, there are multiple parties to pursue. Your claim may not only be against the truck driver, but also with the trucking company that owns the tractor-trailer and employs the truck driver. There may be other parties responsible for cargo and maintenance.
Multiple parties mean multiple insurers. Each party’s insurer may specifically cover one type of loss, and each may have different policy limits. And because there are several possible at-fault parties, each insurer will likely dispute its level of liability.
How Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Help
Pursuing a tractor-trailer accident presents many different obstacles, but you can find comfort in having an experienced truck accident attorney do What’s Right for you. Insurance companies want to complicate your recovery, but we at Sam & Ash, LLP are dedicated to simplifying how you get back to normal. Call any time to discuss your case for free at 1 (800) 304-2000.