Do 18 wheelers own the road or do they just act like it? Weighing as much as 80,000 pounds, semi-tractor trailers are deadly weapons against people in smaller cars. If you know someone who was severely injured in a wreck with a semi, call Hoch Law Firm, P.C. immediately.
These claims need to be investigated early and thoroughly. The trucking company will have investigators at the scene and will interview witnesses, sometimes within hours of the wreck.
Some of the factors we have investigated that lead to 18 wheeler accidents are driver inattention, driver fatigue, distracted driving, speed due to a deadline imposed by the company, improper lane changes, and following too closely.
These are common causes of wrecks with 18 wheelers. But there are other, less obvious causes that may be a factor as well. Improperly loaded cargo, falling cargo, under-ride collisions, sideswiped, and jackknifes can lead to deadly accidents as well.