Automobile accidents are terrible things to be involved in, even if they are minor fender benders, they are still stressful, or at the very least they are extremely annoying. What if the vehicle that you have collided with is a 18 wheeled, 80,000lb contraption of metal, rubber, and cargo? Even a ‘fender bender’ commercial automobile accident caused by a semi-truck can take the front of your car off completely. They are vital parts of the world’s economy, though they are extremely dangerous when it comes to being in an accident.
Driving a semi-truck is different from driving an ordinary vehicle. The inertia acting upon a semi-truck, especially one with a loaded trailer on it’s back, is far greater than on an ordinary sedan or pick-up truck. With your everyday four wheeled vehicles, when you slam the brakes down, it’s only the vehicle that it has to stop. When a semi-truck slams its brakes down however, the weight of the trailer acts upon it as well. When you were in elementary school, walking down the hallway in a line, did you ever stop suddenly and cause your friend to walk into you? The situation is very similar here, only this time your friend is going to send you forward into the person standing in front of you, and that person is going to go flying.
Because of this, any vehicle that is designed to carry cargo and is bigger than a pickup truck (or is a pick-up truck with a trailer), is difficult to stop, which can lead to accidents on the road. When this happens, it’s important to understand that it may not just be the driver of the semi-truck that is to blame, but maybe the company, or at least part of the company.
For an example, last year actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a serious accident caused by someone driving a semi-truck in New Jersey. The driver had not slept in 28 hours, citing that it was Wal-Mart’s fault for not letting him take his required break. Who is at most to blame for this incident, the driver, Wal-Mart, or both? If the driver’s statements are correct, then Tracy Morgan is owed compensation not only from the driver, but also from Wal-Mart.
While this is the most popular incident involving a semi-truck, there are numerous others that happen every year. Some of them are minor, causing only mild injury while others can be fatal, and terrifying to witness. If you are a victim of a car crash involving a semi-truck, or are a family member of a victim that was killed by a semi-truck, don’t waste time. Contact Ward T. Berg today to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We may not be able to bring back loved ones, but we will make sure those responsible don’t get away without paying for their negligence.