Jackson 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
On nearly any American highway, you will see 18-wheelers. These big commercial trucks, also known as tractor trailers, are a key part of our economy and the reason why you can go to your local store and buy items from across the country and overseas. When an 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle and a victim is injured, the victim may pursue compensation for his or her damages through a truck accident claim, contact our Jackson truck accident attorneys today.
The Primary Difference Between a Car and an 18-Wheeler is Size
And with that difference in size comes a difference in power. Any commercial truck is bigger, heavier, and more powerful than a passenger vehicle, and an 18-wheeler is the biggest, heaviest, most powerful vehicle on the roadway. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler are involved in a collision, the passenger vehicle’s occupants are more likely than the truck’s driver to suffer injuries.
Because of an 18 wheeler’s shape, there are a few types of accident that are unique to it. These include:
- Jack-knifing, which happens when the tractor skids, bending to a sharp angle and causing the driver to lose control; and
- With an overloaded or improperly latched truck, the trailer can become disconnected from the tractor.
Additionally, 18-wheelers make far wider turns than smaller vehicles and have larger blind spots, putting them at an increased risk of colliding with other vehicles.
Injuries that Can Result from a Collision with an 18-Wheeler
You can suffer one or more of the following injuries in a collision with an 18 wheeler:
- Sprains and strains;
- Bone fractures;
- Spinal cord and brain injuries;
- Burns; and
It is possible to suffer mental injuries as well, such as developing depression or anxiety after being physically injured.
Pursuing Compensation for your Personal Injury Damages After an 18-Wheeler Collision
Through a personal injury claim, you may pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
The party from whom you may recover monetary compensation depends on whether the driver is an employee or an owner operator, an independent contractor who owns the truck he or she uses. If the driver is an employee, you may file a claim with his or her employer’s insurance provider. If the driver is an owner operator, you may file it with his or her motor carrier insurance provider.
Work with an Experienced Jackson 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler or any other type of vehicle and suffered an injury as a result, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your related damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about your rights and start working on your claim with an experienced truck accident lawyer, contact Derek L. Hall, PLLC today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.