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Tractor trailers play a vital role in keeping the flow of our supply chain rolling. Unfortunately, with their limited maneuverability, along with their intimidating size and weight, accidents involving big commercial trucks are often very serious.
In fact, the FMCSA has reported a 47% increase in trucking accidents from 2009 to 2019. In Tennessee alone, there were over 120 fatalities from trucking accidents in 2017.
When a major truck accident injures you or someone you love, you can seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. Reach out to Ali Awad, the CEO Lawyer, and his experienced team for assistance with filing your injury claim.
We have a proven history of winning large settlements for our clients. We promise to do everything in our power to give your case a solid chance of resulting in successful damage recovery.
Contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm today to schedule a 100% free, no-risk case review. We will review the facts of your case and reveal the strategies we could use to pursue compensation and how we will be there with you every step of the way.
Since tractor-trailers are usually commercial vehicles, the post-accident legal process will involve more parties and often takes longer to resolve. This kind of case requires diligent attention and a dependable team.
Our firm not only checks both of those boxes but has a lot more to offer as well.
We take pride in the work that we do, and we want every client to experience the best that representation can offer. That’s why we want to do more than just advocate for your settlement.
At no extra cost, we want to help you:
Our firm also takes personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we don’t take an upfront payment. We only request payment after we help you recover damages for the accident you endured.
And if we can’t win your case, we don’t get paid.
With this system, we know we give clients the confidence to trust that we are fighting for their best interests with full attentiveness. Appointments are always available when you contact our office.
There are a few major highways that cut right through Chattanooga, including the I-24, I-75, and I-59. These highways and the complexity of Chattanooga’s rural roads are common sights for accidents.
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While every accident is unique, there are a few common causes of truck accidents that insurance companies and legal teams see more often. A lot of accidents are actually caused by the reckless behavior of a driver, whether that be the truck or casual driver.
Of course, no one ever anticipates an accident actually happening. With this in mind, it is always safest to stay prepared!
Below are some of the most common yet avoidable causes of an accident:
It really is no secret that truck drivers work tireless hours on the road. Even with driver logs that record their time and let them know when to stop, it is a common occurrence for truckers to be exhausted on the road.
Sometimes, a driver will push themselves past their limits to get their load delivered faster, and sometimes, a trucker won’t even know that they are showing signs of reckless, exhausted driving.
When you notice a fatigued driver swerving between the lanes, instead of speeding up to get ahead of them, slow down. Keep the flow of traffic behind the dangerous driver until it is safe to pass.
There are a few ways to spot a distracted driver, and each sign is a clear message that you should stay far away from that vehicle. Swerving, noticeable device use, or even something as ‘harmless’ as eating are signs to stay far away.
Sadly, there aren’t always signs. Distracted driving could simply be a bored driver on a long straightaway who has lost concentration and is dazed in their own daydreams.
Driving under the influence is already a dangerous and life-threatening crime; add a giant trailer and a few more tons of weight, and the severity increases again.
It is common to see accidents with truckers who were under the influence during the time of the crash. This does not just include alcohol and over-the-counter drugs, but also prescription medication and stimulants like energy drinks in replacement of sleep. If you were hurt in a drunk driving accident, the CEO Lawyer has the experience you need on your side.
Large hauling trucks are a very convenient way to move cargo from one place to another, but they come with certain disadvantages. One of the major issues that truckers are trained to deal with is their many blind spots.
These blind spots are the same ones you’d find on your vehicle, but just on a larger scale. To avoid sitting in a truck’s blind spot, avoid driving right behind them at an unsafe distance, at their side without the intent of accelerating, and right in front of them at the nose of the vehicle.
This type of collision occurs when the cab and trailer portions of the truck create a ‘jackknife’ or, in basic terms, fold in half. When the cab connects to the trailer, there is always that little space between the two, and in a windy environment with (usually) an empty trailer, the truck can fold at that cab/trailer connection, causing unexpecting drivers to crash as the truck loses control.
There are federal regulations that maintain the safety of cargo loads in tractor-trailers. The basic rule is that they must be secure and immobile.
Yet, too often, we see trailers that aren’t secured properly losing control on the road. Also, if the center of gravity of the trailer shifts, it can affect the mobility of the truck.
Drivers and carrier companies are ultimately responsible for the securement of cargo and its safe transport.
Arguably, one of the most dangerous types of accidents involves hazardous materials. The risk is enormous because the accident could affect not only those enduring the impact but also those in surrounding communities.
Hazardous material is usually classified as a material that is explosive or toxic when airborne. For obvious reasons, it is extremely dangerous when trucks hauling these materials crash.
When a car approaches a tractor-trailer, closely tailgating, they put themselves at risk for an underride accident. An underride incident occurs when a truck has to slow down, but the car cannot stop in time and slides under the rear (or even side).
Underride accidents can also happen when a truck makes an improper turn, using the breadth of its trailer to cut off oncoming traffic. This type of collision is especially serious because, with the height difference between these two types of vehicles, the major impact of the crash would be at the top half of the car, often shearing the canopy cleanly off and putting occupants at major risk.
An accident with a commercial vehicle like a hauling truck can be a lot more complex than dealing with another casual driver and their insurance company. Because the driver is usually an employed worker, not only is their company involved, but companies that supply specific parts could also be included.
Carrier companies are responsible for accidents caused by their drivers, including contractors, but other people could also be found liable for the accident, such as a shipper/distributor who loaded a trailer improperly that was supposed to be picked up directly by the carrier.
Other parties may be responsible, including:
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Keep a cool head. It is definitely frustrating when you see a truck put its blinker on to merge into your lane, but instead of trying to pass them as fast as possible, keep a cool head and allow them through. Again, there are more blind spots on a truck that you will be directly in if you try to pass, and if the driver is already concentrating on merging, they may not see you. This is a deadly risk that no one should take.
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After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Chattanooga, it lasts only one year. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only one year to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process. Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today. We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.