There is a big difference between accidents caused by commercial trucks and those involving regular cars. Your involvement in an 18-wheeler accident can be complicated in many ways. The most distinguishable factor is the magnitude of damage that a truck weighing 40 tons could cause. Besides damaging a smaller vehicle, it raises the stakes of your injury claim. Here is an overview of 18-wheelers and how serious a road accident can be when they are involved.
Why is Timing so Critical?
If you are hit by a commercial vehicle like an 18-wheeler, time is of great essence when hiring an accident attorney. Immediately after the incident, some truck drivers contact their truck company’s defense team before seeking medical help for the injured persons. In addition, these drivers might not inform the relevant authorities immediately. This means their risk management department gets to the accident site even before the law enforcement officers arrive. That kind of response will have a great impact on the statements made by eyewitnesses. There are instances where critical evidence disappears or statements are altered to suit the interests of the trucking company.
Most likely, your vehicle has sensors that are linked to a digital system for data collection and transfer. You must collect and save all the necessary information needed to help you recover from an accident. But you can only maximize such data with the help of a legal expert. An experienced attorney will arrange to have critical data collected as soon as possible. A legal team can use electronic log systems, cellphone data, electronic control module, onboard radar system, or a digital video recorder.
What is an 18-Wheeler?
Since the days of the clunky beasts, the 18-wheeler has been evolving and, today, they transport multiple types of goods and commodities. The 18-wheeler truck comprises a tractor (front), a trailer (back), and of course 18 wheels. People often use the semi-truck and big rig names interchangeably to refer to this commercial vehicle. As far as the law is concerned, the weight of the truck and the type of cargo determine how a vehicle is regulated. A tractor-trailer features a powerful engine, six times bigger than regular car engines.
This gives a truck the much-needed torque to tow enormous loads while moving at an admissible speed. When fully loaded, it can weigh 40 tons, which is 17 times greater than the curb weight of most passenger cars. Note that the average length of the vehicle is 53 feet. So, to complete a turn, the 18-wheel truck requires 55 feet or more space. That is why it has big side mirrors to help the driver see, especially in blind spots. In terms of licensing, the driver must obtain a special permit to start operating the vehicle. They must also be highly experienced at maneuvering and backing.
Considering the height of a tractor-trailer truck (13.6 feet on average), the risk of rolling over is quite high if the driver turns too fast. Any rollover accident can crush just anything and wreak havoc on the oncoming traffic.
Information obtained from: abcmoney
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