Truck Accident Lawyer

In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and another 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. Because of the vast difference in size and weight between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle, crashes involving tractor trailers are much more destructive and likely to result in fatalities than a collision involving two passenger vehicles.

TRACTOR-TRAILER BASICS

Tractor-trailers are also referred to as “18-wheelers,” “semi-trucks,” and “big rigs.” You will find tractor-trailers on just about every major highway and road in the United States. Tractor-trailers are made to haul cargo; in fact, tractor-trailers transport about 75% of all cargo that is shipped. Tractor-trailers are extremely large and are legally allowed to haul up to 80,000 pounds, which is the same as 40 tons. For comparison, a standard passenger car typically weighs between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds.

TRACTOR-TRAILERS HAVE TROUBLE STOPPING

Because they weigh so much, when tractor-trailers are traveling highway speeds, they can take over 500 feet to come to a stop. An average car on highway speeds will take around 300 feet to stop:

stopping_distances

TRACTOR-TRAILERS HAVE LARGE BLIND SPOTS

It is also challenging for tractor-trailer drivers to see other vehicles and objects. Tractor-trailers have large blind spots, often referred to as “no-zones,” on every side:

blind spots

TRACTOR-TRAILERS ROLL OVER

Tractor-trailers have a high center of gravity, and therefore, are prone to roll over:

roll over

TRAILERS CAN BE DANGEROUS

Trailers can be dangerous to other drivers because they can swing wide and disconnect from the tractor. A jackknife is when a tractor’s trailer, which has the cargo in it, swings out wide to one side. It is called a jackknife because if you looked at the shape of the tractor and trailer from above, it would resemble a jackknife blade and handle:

jack knife

The trailer can also disconnect from the tractor, causing a very dangerous situation to other drivers.

These dangers, coupled with the fact that many drivers become fatigued, because they are behind the wheel for long and continuous periods of time, make tractor-trailers very dangerous. Tractor-trailer and other commercial vehicles are different than passenger cars, and their respective accidents must be treated differently as well. If you have been hurt in a tractor-trailer wreck, you need a lawyer who knows about tractor-trailers has successfully handled trucking cases like yours—contact Mike Rafi for a free consultation.

Contact Mike Rafi

ADDRESS

1201 WEST PEACHTREE STREET NW

SUITE 2319

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30309

1895 Phoenix Boulevard

Suite 110B

College Park, GA 30349

PHONE/FAX

ATLANTA PHONE: 404-800-9933

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FAX: 470-344-3425