Rear-Ended by a Truck?
Tractor trailers, or semi trucks, are a large and hazardous presence on our nation’s roadways. While tractor trailers comprise only three percent of the vehicles on American roads, they’re involved in 12 percent of vehicle accidents. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are over 400,000 accidents involving tractor trailers each year in the United States. These led to over 140,000 injuries. The NHTSA also claims that at least 3,700 occupants of passenger vehicles in killed in accidents with semi trucks each year.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a tractor trailer, you need to consult an experienced Jacksonville truck accident attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah has represented many tractor trailer accident victims.
To pursue the compensation you and your family justly deserve, contact the injury lawyers at Farah & Farah at 877-245-6707 for a free consultation.
Why Tractor Trailer Rear End Collisions are So Dangerous
It’s a simple issue of physics. While the average passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds, a fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Of course, size and weight affect stopping ability. An average passenger vehicle traveling 60 miles per hour can come to a complete stop in about 140 feet. A semi truck traveling the same speed needs 400 or more feet to come to a complete stop.
Imagine the devastation that can be caused by a 80,000 pound vehicle slamming into the back of a 3,000 pound passenger car. Semi trucks also ride much higher than other vehicles. This leads them to roll over, or land on top of a smaller vehicle in a crash. When you consider the size, weight, and performance abilities of a tractor trailer verses a passenger vehicle, it’s no wonder that one in nine highway traffic fatalities involves a tractor trailer.
Contributing Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
Truckers and trucking companies are in the business of making a profit. While federal regulations try to keep the hazards of the trucking industry at a minimum, trucking companies often skirt regulations to increase their profits. Their methods often include the following:
- Overloading trailers
- Encouraging drivers to exceed the speed limit
- Encouraging drivers to drive too many hours per day or to drive when fatigued
- Hiring drivers who are untrained or have poor performance records
Why Do I Need Legal Representation from a Jacksonville Truck Accident Lawyer?
The trucking industry is a huge economic force in this country. Trucking companies generate a lot of revenue. They have armies of attorneys to represent them. Getting a fair settlement in a lawsuit against a trucking company and their insurer is almost impossible without a seasoned truck accident attorney on your side.
Farah & Farah recently won a $3,400,000 settlement for a client who was injured in a rear end truck accident. The victim suffered disc damage to his back and faces years of pain management therapy. Don’t attempt to fight Goliath with David, unless you have a greater force on your side.
Farah & Farah has successfully represented Florida accident victims and their families for years. For the sake of you and your family’s future, call a Jacksonville injury lawyer at 877-245-6707 today for a free consultation.