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Don't be crushed by the impact of a tractor-trailer injury claim

What's the difference between a collision between two average-sized cars and an accident that involves a car and tractor-trailer? The answer is: approximately 76,000 pounds! A typical tractor-trailer weighs about 40 tons, which is obviously capable of causing serious damage upon impact. Most motorists who drive on South Carolina highways (or any major freeway in the nation) likely understands how absolutely terrifying it can be when one of these massive commercial vehicles comes barreling close-by in traffic.

When a tractor-trailer collides with another vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. In fact, many of the reported fatal accident injuries every year occur in accidents involving enormous trucks. Knowing more about the top causes of tractor-trailer crashes may help you stay on the lookout for potential problems while traveling.

Sleepy drivers place you and others in great danger

One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is operator fatigue. Many truck drivers get paid per mile; so, the greater distance they can travel in the least amount of time equals increased income. Unfortunately, this prompts many truckers to stay behind the wheel longer than they should without getting adequate rest. Below, are other causal factors in many trucking collisions:

  • Drugs and alcohol: Truck operators may take amphetamines or other drugs to increase alertness and help them stay awake. Like other vehicle drivers, truckers also sometimes get behind the wheel with blood alcohol content levels exceeding the legal limit. This type of irresponsible behavior places all nearby motorists and pedestrians at great risk for injury and/or death.
  • Trucks in bad conditions: Truck drivers cover lots of ground, often meaning thousands of miles of travel in a few days' time. The wear and tear on their vehicles is significant. If trucks are not properly maintained, the risk of malfunction increases, which can result in serious motor vehicle collisions.
  • Falling cargo: Tractor-trailers must adhere to strict regulations regarding weight, size, cargo, etc. This doesn't keep all truck drivers from improperly loading their vehicles, however. Many serious accidents occur when loaded cargo tumbles loose from truck beds, falling directly into the path of other vehicles.
  • Inexperience plus poor driving conditions: If a truck operator is new to such driving, he or she may not be prepared to meet the challenges of driving in inclement weather or with poor road conditions. Poor judgment or slow reaction time, as well as over-correcting steering and other issues, may cause an inexperienced driver to wreck.

There's no telling just how damage a tractor-trailer will do if it slams into an average-sized car traveling at highway speed. Lives are often completely devastated in situations that might well have been prevented if negligent truck drivers had made better driving decisions. Surviving such collisions usually means lengthy and arduous recoveries after suffering severe injuries that may result in partial or full permanent disabilities. It's understandable that recovering victims would want to seek justice.

A logical step to take under such circumstances is to request a meeting with a South Carolina personal injury attorney. While going it alone in court may add stress to an already difficult situation, allowing an experienced attorney to act on your behalf may alleviate some of the burden and increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

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