The old adage “The bigger they are the harder they fall” is quite accurate if you are referring to accidents involving an 18 wheeler truck. Weighing in at 80,000 pounds and often stretching to 75 feet, if you fall prey to an out-of-control 18 wheeler on the road the results could be fatal. The commercial trucking attorneys at the Tennessee 18 wheeler accident law firm of The Sexton Law Firm understand the difference between being in a passenger car accident or an 18 wheeler truck accident and can help you file your personal injury lawsuit.
18 Wheeler Trucking Accident Statistics
There are more than 500,000 trucking accidents in this country every year and 5,000 of those result in a fatality. One of every eight traffic deaths is a result of a trucking accident involving an 18 wheeler.
Causes of 18 Wheeler Trucking Accidents
Due to the sheer size and weight of an 18 wheeler if you are driving in a passenger car and are involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler truck you are likely to be seriously injured. In fact, in these types of accidents, the truck driver usually escapes with far less injury than the driver of the passenger car. Factor in flammable or hazardous cargo and you have a recipe for a tremendous disaster on the road.
Some common causes of 18 wheeler accidents include:
- Numerous blind spots
- Inability to quickly brake and maneuver
- Fatigued driver
- Failure to abide by traffic signs
- Driving while intoxicated
- Cargo that is not properly secured
- Tire blowout
- General unsafe driving
Seeking Legal Assistance
The personal injury attorneys at the Tennessee tractor trailer law firm of The Sexton Law Firm understand the specific laws governing commercial trucks like 18 wheelers. They have experience under their belt in representing personal injury victims of trucking accidents involving 18 wheelers and welcome the opportunity to discuss your case with you.
For a private discussion with one of our trucking accident attorneys, please call us at (865) 691-7900, or fill out our online Quick Contact form.