Were you or a loved one injured in a semi-truck crash?
There is no shortage of commercial trucks on the roads. These massive vehicles are out at all hours of the day and night. While strict regulations on weight and drive time are designed for safe driving, they aren’t always followed. While truck accidents are less common than those with other vehicles, they still occur.
When they do, the outcome can be pretty severe. Victims of truck accidents that live through it undoubtedly experience total loss of property and, much of the time, painful injuries and emotional effects that will linger for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one has experienced the trauma of a truck accident, work with an experienced Minnesota truck accident attorney.
Commercial Trucking Accidents
Accidents involving commercial trucks are very much like any other car accident, only magnified. According to Truckers Report, the legal weight for these trucks in the United States is up to 40 tons. When you consider the average automobile weighs about 5,000 pounds, any commercial truck accident will be catastrophic. Even lighter commercial trucks without a trailer will weigh two or three times the average automobile weighs.
So many of these accidents from operational error. While safety laws are crucial, these accidents still happen every day. With the amount of damage caused by these accidents, including permanent and irreversible injury, pain, and suffering, it is more important than ever to have an advocate who speaks for the victims.
Different Kinds of Truck Accidents
Not all accidents involving commercial trucks are the same. These vehicles are so large the most minor mistakes can spiral into significant wrecks. But each type of wreck is different, causing more or less damage. The following are some of the types of truck accidents more commonly seen:
- Rolling over – When control of the truck and its trailer is lost, it will throw off the weight and cause the truck to roll onto its side.
- Unsecured load – If a trailer has a load that comes loose, it will spill onto roadways, causing an impact on multiple vehicles.
- Jackknife – Trucks have to brake more gradually. If they have to brake too quickly, it causes the trailer to swing into other lanes.
Another common accident type comes from the blind spots of the truck. When other traffic enters into those blind spots, the truck driver doesn’t know where the vehicle is or what they are doing. It can cause major accidents if the driver acts carelessly or too hastily when changing lanes or turning.
Finding an Attorney with the Right Experience
If you or a loved one have been an unfortunate truck accident victim, finding an attorney with the right type of experience is essential. It is not always easy to determine fault and liability in these cases. For this reason, it takes an attorney with experience in this area of the law. Liability may exist in several places. An experienced attorney will know how to go about getting the relief you are entitled to. At Swor & Gatto, we are proud to represent the victims of truck accidents. If you need experienced legal representation, contact us for a consultation.