If you’re involved in and accident with a tractor trailer, an 18-wheeler, a commercial vehicle, the accident can get very complicated very quickly.
First, the injuries are almost always more severe simply due to the physics involved. An 80,000 lb truck traveling at 13 miles per hour has the same kinetic energy as an average motor vehicle traveling at 65 miles per hour.
Secondly, that tractor trailer you see traveling down the road has a tractor owned by one company with its own insurance policy, a trailer owned by a second company with its own insurance policy. In many cases both the tractor and the trailer have separate maintenance contracts with maintenance companies with their own insurance policies. And everyone involved is pointing the finger at everyone else.
Third there are voluminous federal and state regulations regarding commercial trucking. Our law office has worked with these regulations on both the state and federal levels. We know these regulations and whether they were followed or violated.
Lastly, depending on how the accident happened, if it was the result of mechanical issues or failure, overloading, driver fatigue, excessive speed and so on you may need an independent investigation immediately to preserve the facts.
Mahaney and Pappas has almost 50 years of combined experience representing injured people in trucking accidents in both State and Federal court. We have the experience and tools to handle the most complex issues.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, a tractor trailer, a commercial vehicle, please call. Don’t wait.