Advocates For Truck Accident Victims
Passenger vehicles are no match for tractor-trailers due to their difference in size. Our trucking accidents attorneys at Bateman & Bateman, P.C. in Clarksville have more than 60 years of combined accident litigation experience. We hold trucking companies responsible for accidents caused by negligent drivers or improper truck maintenance.
Common Types Of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
An 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while the average car weighs only about 4,000 pounds, but large trucks differ from cars in more than size and weight: their operation requires a special set of skills, and their safety depends upon a number of factors. Accidents involving trucks may be caused by driver error such as speeding or fatigue, but they may also be caused by poorly maintained vehicles leading to dangerous conditions. Tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are especially susceptible to crashes involving:
- Rollover. Due to improper loading or poor driving, a truck may tip and roll over. These rollover accidents can cause a truck to block the roadway, leading to serious damage.
- Jackknife. Semi-trucks are created when a tractor is hitched to a trailer using a pivot-point known as a fifth wheel. When a trailer slides too far in either direction, it can stop the tractor from moving and then slam into the tractor from the side. This type of accident is known as a jackknife because the wrecked tractor-trailer’s shape resembles a partially opened pocketknife.
- Underride. These accidents occur when a vehicle rear-ends a truck. Because most vehicles aren’t as tall as trucks, they may actually go partially underneath a truck when the truck stops short. These accidents are often fatal, because the passenger compartment frequently absorbs most of the force of impact.
- Brake failure. Trucks rely on complicated air-brake systems. This means braking-related accidents can be caused by drivers, brake manufacturers and even trucking companies who fail to maintain their vehicles properly.
- Wide turns. Due to the shape of trucks, they have large blind spots. Truckers may not be able to see drivers behind or beside them. Tractor-trailers make wide turns. When their drivers don’t see vehicles in their blind spots, they are likely to hit those vehicles.
Our Lawyers Pursue Justice After A Truck Accident
While truckers’ professional liability is higher, they have significant resources on their side to defend accident claims. The sad truth is that the trucking company’s resources often succeed unless an accident victim works with a skilled attorney. Put experience on your side by working with the knowledgeable attorneys at our Clarksville law firm.
Contact Our Tennessee Personal Injury Law Firm
At Bateman & Bateman, P.C., our attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one suffers the misfortune of becoming involved in a trucking accident. When it comes to your tractor-trailer wreck case, our devoted attorneys go the extra mile to get results. Call us today at 931-647-5959 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation about your trucking accident.