While commercial truck drivers have more training than almost every other driver, they are still prone to the same issues of driving while tired or distracted that can cause serious injury in a motor vehicle accident. In the case of tractor-trailers, however, the stakes are higher and the risk for substantial damages and catastrophic injury is very real.
These trucks are so large that they can take much longer than regular passenger vehicles to stop, which means that a traffic issue coupled with a tired driver with a slower reaction time could spell disaster. Truck drivers must always be on alert when operating these vehicles because they are more difficult to maneuver quickly if needed.
Another unfortunate reality is that, because these trucks are so much bigger than passenger vehicles, when a crash happens there is an increased risk of a fatality. Even with today’s modern safety precautions like seat belts and side airbags, a sedan can offer very little protection against a huge tractor-trailer. This means that just one moment of distraction or a driver who is nodding off at the wheel pose a very real risk to the safety of the others on the road.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you already know bad the aftermath can be. You shouldn’t have to be dealing with insurance companies or the trucking company during this time. At the Rooney Law Firm, we can help you take legal action against any at-fault parties and seek monetary compensation through the courts while you focus on your recovery and adjusting to what may be the new normal after the crash.