Truck - 18 Wheeler Accidents

When a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the car does not stand much of a chance.  The sheer size and momentum of a tractor trailer truck makes these accidents devastating.  On top of severe injuries and the loss of your vehicle, you face the complex legal issues involved in trucking accidents.  At William J. Tinning, P. C., we understand the difficult process of fighting a large corporation and their insurance company while trying to recover from serious personal injuries and losses.  We can help you get the compensation that you need and deserve.


Trucking Accident Causes


An important part of any lawsuit is determining who is at fault.  In order to determine who is at fault, you must first determine the cause of the accient.  Common causes of truck accidents include:


  • Driver fatigue
  • Unreasonable schedules
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Defective equipment
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Intoxication
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Defective roadways
  • Excessive speed
  • Negligent drivers of other vehicles


Driver Fatigue


Fatigue is the most common cause of driver error, contributing to about 40% of all trucking accidents.  Fatigue alone can cause an accident, and when combined with other factors, the results are often castastrophic.


Underride Accidents


Underride accidents are some of the most gruesome and deadly accidents on the road, usually resulting in amputation or decapitation.  In an underride accident the hood or trunk or the car passes under the truck, and all of the impact is to the passenger compartment which is typically sheared off.


Responsible Parties


One reason truck accident lawsuits are so complex is that they can involve multiple responsible parties, including:


  • Truck driver
  • Trucking companies
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Other negligent drivers
  • Government entities


Truck Accidents Subject to Unique Laws


Successfully pursuing a truck accident lawsuit requires an in-depth understanding of state and federal trucking regulations.  Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles, and trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures involving hiring practices, truck maintenance, recording keeping and more.  Only an experienced truck accident attorney knows how to find, collect, interpret, and use the evidence that you must have to prove your case.


At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, an no case is too small.  If you or a love one has been injured or killed in any type of accident, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.


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