A Tractor-Trailer Accident Is Different

A crash involving a tractor-trailer and an ordinary vehicle is inherently dangerous. The average passenger vehicle weighs 4,000 lbs and the average large pickup or SUV is under 6,000 lbs. The average tractor-trailer passing through I-40 or I-26 in Asheville weighs about 80,000 lbs or more than 14-times the weight of the smaller vehicles. Some special oversized loads may push 100,000 lbs.

Trucks are different in another way. They are subject to regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This agency has created numerous regulations to protect the safety of ordinary vehicles and their drivers. Unfortunately, too many trucking companies cut corners and try to save money by failing to follow these regulations. The consequences of these cost-saving attempts are sometimes catastrophic.

Devastating Consequences

The consequence of a truck wreck is often devastating. Passengers in other vehicles often suffer severe injuries and fatalities are frequent. Attorney Ruth Smith understands the FMCSA regulations and knows the questions to ask. With nearly two decades of experience, she knows how to get the information necessary to show a truck driver or their employer was negligent.

Truck drivers are required to perform safety checks of their trucks before they begin driving. They are required to perform a second check after driving a few miles. Most don't. Many times, they may get away with this, but sometimes this failure may prove very costly for another driver when a load shifts or some equipment on the truck fails.

Distracted Truck Drivers

Another serious problem is distracted truck drivers. They often have communication equipment in their cab that allows dispatchers to contact them. They also have cellphones, and while federal regulations prohibit their texting or use a hand-held phone, too many do it anyway. An inattentive truck driver is a danger to all other drivers on the road.

Fatigue is another issue, with drivers violating the limits placed on the number of hours they may drive in a day or during a week. Driving a truck for too many hours can lead to devastating crashes, as a driver may not recognize traffic has slowed and crash into a line of slow moving or stopped vehicles.

Find Out How We Can Help Today!

When you have been injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer, you want help. In North Carolina, dealing with doctors, insurers, lawyers and courts can be overwhelming at a time when you are hurt and simply want to feel better again.

We can help you with your truck crash. Call Ruth Smith a free initial consultation at 828-782-3832, or use her convenient online form and we will get in touch with you.

Each case is different. Many factors such as the severity of injuries, ability to prove liability, amount of liability insurance coverage, jurisdiction, medical expenses, and many other factors can determine the outcome of a particular case. You should not use these examples as a representation of what recovery you will obtain in your particular case, as every case is unique. Ruth Smith does not guarantee that the outcome of your case will be similar to the results listed above.