Big Rig Auto Accidents In The Aiken Area
Auto Accidents Involving Big Rigs
Many highways crisscross South Carolina, and sharing the roadways with a big rig is a common occurrence. These 18-wheelers transport goods everywhere, and no one thinks about it much until they are injured in an accident caused by a big rig. Terrible injuries and fatalities are common. In the following, we explore why an accident with an 18-wheeler is so devastating and what kind of collisions they can cause.
Big Rig Accident Lawyer in South Carolina
When you suffer an injury in an accident that involves a tractor-trailer or other big commercial vehicle, you can benefit from calling Morris Law. We understand and sympathize with the trauma you have experienced and do our best to lift the burden of financial worries from your shoulders. The injured person should not have to cope with the financial loss from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. We use our experience and know-how to get the compensation you need to cover all of your medical expenses, wages lost from the inability to work and for your pain and suffering.
Accidents With Big Rigs
A loaded 18-wheeler is a huge vehicle weighing up to 80,000 pounds. That’s enough to cause damage when it is involved in an accident. However, truck drivers often make the same mistakes that drivers of passenger vehicles do. These frequently include:
- Speeding: Truckers often have deadlines to meet to deliver their goods around the state and face pressure from the companies that employ them. Because state and federal regulations govern the number of hours they can be on the road, speeding to make their deliveries on time is a big temptation.
- Inexperienced drivers: The trucking industry has had problems with a shortage of drivers for some time now. This can tempt them to hire drivers who don’t have enough experience to handle a big rig, especially long-distance.
- Fatigue: Fatigue is always a problem with any driver. Long hours on the road easily cause fatigue, which means the driver isn’t in top form and can begin to drift off. Some truck drivers use over-the-counter medicines to try and stay alert or even illegal substances, but they can end up having the opposite effect and make the individual behind the wheel dangerous.
- Tailgating: In their urge to get to their locations faster, a trucker may tailgate a slower vehicle up ahead. Unfortunately, if that driver has to slow down suddenly, it can cause an override accident, which is often deadly when it involves a big rig.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is the number one reason for all types of auto accidents these days. In a big rig driver, it can be deadly. When one’s focus is taken away from the road by texting, tuning a radio or other actions, it can easily lead to a serious traffic collision.
- Lack of maintenance: Worn brakes or tires, a leak in the air line and other problems that stem from poor maintenance of a big rig lead to major accidents.
Accidents by Big Rigs That Involve Other Vehicles
Because of their large size and height, tractor-trailers experience single-vehicle collisions that can impact other vehicles at times. These include:
- Override/underride collisions: Because big rigs sit much higher than most passenger vehicles, override or underride accidents, where the car slides under the truck or the semi rides over another vehicle, often cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
- Blind spots: Big rigs have blind spots on all sides, especially along the trailer they are pulling. If the driver forgets or doesn’t notice a vehicle in the next lane and chooses to move over, a serious accident occurs.
- Wide turns: A big rig often swings into the next lane to make a turn, which can impact the vehicle in the next lane, causing injuries.
- Braking and jackknifing: An inexperienced driver can use the wrong brake on a big rig and cause a jackknife accident, which causes the trailer to swing around to the side. When other motorists are nearby, it can quickly become a multiple-vehicle accident.
Investigating a Big Rig/Auto Accident
Because big rigs operate under state and federal regulations and fault may lie with multiple parties in an accident, having a lawyer experienced in these types of collisions is important for you to obtain the compensation you need. We conduct our investigations leaving no stone unturned until we have strong evidence that supports your claim, including:
- A list is made of possibly responsible parties, including the driver, company, loader, maintenance crew and others.
- The electronic logging device or paper log is checked to ensure it hasn’t been falsified, and the driver has complied with regulations.
- Accident reconstruction is performed.
- Statements are taken from witnesses to the accident.
- Nearby traffic cameras are checked to see if the collision was captured on tape.
- We check the police report for inaccuracies.
Morris Law Defends Your Rights After a Big Rig/Auto Accident
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the trucking company will fight tooth and nail to keep from paying an injured person what they deserve. We at Morris Law know their tactics and will fight hard for your right to recover the compensation you deserve. Call us at (803) 470-4444 in South Carolina for a free consultation to discuss your case.