What Is the Difference Between a Tractor Trailer Injury Lawyer and a Personal Injury Lawyer?
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Today’s busy highways are a breeding ground for every type of accident. They’re full of automobiles and trucks hurrying to their destination. Most of us are mindful of the dangers and careful to pay attention to our driving instead of being distracted. Unfortunately, accidents still do happen every day.
Accidents with tractor-trailers often result in more serious injuries than those with regular cars. An 18 wheeler is tens of thousands of pounds heavier and takes much longer to stop. Trucks traveling at 60 or 70 mph can become lethal weapons. Accidents with semi-trucks cause life-threatening injuries or even fatalities. When it comes time to hold someone accountable for those injuries, things get tricky. That’s why it’s important to find an attorney experienced with truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our tractor-trailer attorneys.
What is a Personal Injury Attorney?
Personal injury attorneys handle a wide variety of cases. Common personal injury cases include
• Car, bicycle, and boating accidents
• animal bite injuries
• defective products
• medical malpractice
• slip and fall accidents
• wrongful death.
Personal injury lawyers can handle many different categories of cases; however, it is quite common for personal injury attorneys to focus on certain areas. This can be seen in attorneys that focus on medical malpractice claims against doctors, or lawyers that focus on car accidents.
What Is a Tractor Trailer Injury Attorney?
Although every tractor-trailer injury attorney is a personal injury attorney, it does not work both ways. Becoming a tractor-trailer injury lawyer requires a certain level of experience in the field. Injury cases involving tractor-trailers may be more complex and thus require the expertise of an attorney with prior experience. Not just any attorney can successfully handle tractor-trailer injury cases.
What Makes Trucking Cases Unique?
While every accident on the road can be scary, accidents involving trucks can be truly devastating. Due to the sheer size of some trucks on the road, accidents can be disastrous, and injuries can be fatal. Such accidents can result in crushing medical and repair costs. A commercial truck can weigh more than 75,000 pounds when fully loaded while regular passenger vehicles may weigh as little as 2,500 pounds. This size disparity leads to a multitude of issues that may arise when it comes time for parties to seek compensation.
Common Injuries From Trucking Accidents
If you are hit from behind, you can quickly receive whiplash or even a broken neck. If you are hit head-on, there are a number of life-threatening injuries you might sustain, including facial lacerations, broken neck or back, and head trauma. The impact of an accident is so significant that it almost always causes severe or fatal injuries to the occupants of the car. Even slower speed accidents can have serious consequences, due to the size of the truck in comparison to the car.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
To drive a commercial truck there are usually strict requirements and standards that need to be met. In this way, trucking companies are responsible for making sure that their drivers are properly qualified to be driving such vehicles and need to be sure that they have adequate experience and training.
Improper maintenance or inspection of the vehicle
It is necessary for commercial trucks to receive regular maintenance to make sure that they are road-ready. Improper inspection of a vehicle may lead to accidents incurred by easily fixable causes.
Improper loading of cargo
Trucks are on the road every day, transporting cargo from one location to the next. Because of this, it is possible that the cargo is either overloaded or unsecured. If cargo is improperly loaded injuries can be caused when it comes time to unload the cargo or if cargo is scattered across the road due to abrupt braking or a collision.
Truck drivers may be driving for extended periods of time on cross country trips. With such schedules, it is possible that fatigue may catch up to drivers. If this is the case, their reaction times and judgment may be impaired.
It is also possible that an accident is directly caused by a defect in the vehicle itself. If this is the case, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Common injuries that may be sustained by truck drivers all across the country include:
It is also important to remember that the laws surrounding the trucking industry can be more complex. These laws can either be at the state level or even federal. For this reason, hiring an experienced tractor-trailer injury attorney is a very smart choice. Experienced attorneys can help simplify the process and help better explain to you what the law means the options you may have, and potential outcomes.
Call the Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers at Zinda Law Group
Zinda Law Group has the experience and resources necessary to help you through every step of your claim. Our team of experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyers can go to work for you and have your best interests in mind the entire time. We are dedicated to treating you with the respect you deserve throughout the claims process and beyond.
Zinda Law Group has the experience you need, handling trucking cases in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and throughout the country. With an extensive network of experts and investigators, our attorneys can gather the necessary evidence to be prepared to negotiate a fair settlement or fight for your rights in court. We can handle the legal process so that you can focus on healing.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident or on the job as a truck driver, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our truck driver injury attorneys.
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