Tell me about truckers

By on 8-14-2017 in Truck Accidents

I saw a truck that flipped outside of Memphis the other night, and it got me wondering about a few things.

First, how does that even happen? I’d love to know the specifics of how fast a truck like that has to be going and what kind of load it has to have in order for the thing to just flip like that, to completely lose control. It seems to me it can’t be easy. I know they’re big and cumbersome machines, but they are so heavy, it must take a lot of speed and a pretty sharp corner.

It was on an exit ramp, so I guess that makes sense. Dude must have been running pretty late.

Second, who pays for that? Who pays if a truck flips? I assume the trucker doesn’t. Do truckers own their trucks? I don’t think they usually do. I think the trucks belong to the trucking companies, and I assume they have insurance, so does the insurance cover the flipped truck, or does the insurance only cover accidents that the driver isn’t responsible for?

The more I started thinking about all this, the more curious I became. I’m still curious, mostly because I’m lazy. I’m just not willing to actually look up the facts, I guess, so I’m hoping someone around here will just post and explain it all.

Another question. I know that truckers can get sued by truck lawyers, or whatever you might call them. Like the guys I linked to just there. But, who pays when the trucker is sued? The driver? Surely not. They wouldn’t have the money. The company? Maybe. The insurance? But then we’re right back at the same problem. What does the insurance cover? Insurance is amazing like that to me. It’s both very fascinating and incredibly boring. Far too boring for me to even google. I’m telling you, I hope there’s an expert out there willing to write and explain it all. Otherwise, I’ll die curious in fifty years.

I suppose it all comes down to the natural fascination with trucks. You drive by them every day and don’t think about them at all, but once you do start thinking, it’s like you’re a kid again, playing with those Hot Wheels trucks and crashing them into things, dreaming about driving a big rig.

It’s one of those jobs, as well, that you see everywhere and yet don’t really know what it’s about. Like working in a factory. If you see it on TV, it’s always a stereotype of a blue collar guy that’s on the screen for five minutes and then gone. What is the life of a factory worker or a trucker really like?

I honestly don’t know. That’s something I would like to find out about.

But again, I’m too lazy, so I hope someone else will do the work for me.

How Does a Truck Accident Happen in the First Place?

By on 8-14-2017 in Truck Accidents

Everyone experiences the fear of driving alongside a large truck, worrying that you might be in their blind spot or that the truck-driver neglects to see your tiny vehicle on the road. Knowing the damage that trucks can cause on the road, many drivers fear these giant vehicles. If the unthinkable happens and you are injured in a truck accident, you can reach out to experienced lawyers to earn the deserved compensation. Truck and 18-wheeler accidents are often more involved than normal accidents because most truck drivers are backed by an entire corporation, meaning that the driver him or herself might not hold sole responsibility for the damages. In fact, many groups may find themselves involved in the injury, which could mean multiple sources of compensation for the injured individual.

In many cases involving a truck or 18-wheeler accident, the injured faces a huge team of lawyers associated with the truck-driving company. This makes the case immensely more difficult for the already suffering plaintiff. For a better chance of winning such a truck accident case, the plaintiff often requires the help of skilled and experienced truck accident attorneys. Without an attorney, the chance at compensation may be next to nothing.

Contrary to popular belief, passenger-vehicle drivers are often to blame for truck accidents because of many rules that must be followed by drivers to prevent truck collisions. Due to limited visibility of truck drivers, there are “no-zones” behind large trucks where other drivers should not drive. It is also not appropriate to drive between two large trucks, change lanes quickly while in front of a large truck, or commit unsafe passing procedures. There are also several reasons the truck driver could be at fault, however. Simply not following safe and proper driving procedures could make the driver liable. Large truck drivers might also feel too much stress from their company to rush their transportation, causing wrecks that could have been avoided with a more realistic time schedule. Many truck drivers are on a mission to drive certain distances within specific time periods and might find themselves neglecting proper driving etiquette and safety precautions. There are also many rules and regulations pertaining to the safe driving of semi-truck operators, such as regulations on the weight trucks are allowed to carry, length of driving time allowed per driver, and repair and maintenance requirements.

If infringements of these rules, regulations, or norms is to blame for the accident, the injured person may be liable to gain compensation for damages incurred by the accident. An example of such a case is the compensation of $1,850,000 by a semi’s insurance company to pay for the plaintiff’s damages that included multiple broken bones and surgeries after a head-on collision where the truck driver was at fault. Don’t suffer through the damages of a truck accident without fighting for the payment you deserve.