A study performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 179 Knoxville truck accidents in 2008, resulted in fatalities. It is a fact that large commercial trucks including 18-wheelers account for a large number of accidents, injuries and fatalities. It is easy to imagine these automobiles causing serious accidents because of their enormous size differential compared to a passenger vehicle.
18 Wheelers is a type of semi-trailer truck which is attached to a towing engine near the rear axle. These large automobiles are used to carry freight from one location to another and can consist of one or more trailers. Typically these trucks have eight wheels on each side of the trailer and two on each side of the truck, giving it the name 18 wheeler.
An 18 wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds whereas the average passenger vehicle weights 3,000. Therefore, these collisions typically result in serious injuries or death. At Greg Coleman Law, our truck accident attorneys have a detailed understanding of truck accident laws and are able to help accident victims fight for compensation for damages resulting from an accident.
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18 Wheeler Collision Facts
As with most accidents, there are many factors that can cause 18 wheeler collisions. Many of these factors can lead to more serious injuries, and in some cases death. Some of the common injuries that result from 18 wheeler accidents include:
- Brake failure
- Blowouts and defective tires
- Driver fatigue
- Driver skill level
- Reckless driving
- Vehicle safety
- Negligent driving
- Bad weather conditions
- Driving under the influence
- Heavy traffic
- Poor maintenance
Most of the time these accidents can be avoided by providing the correct training and licensing 18 wheeler drivers in order to improve driver performance. However, recent studies have showed that one-third of new truck drivers have been properly trained. It is clear that these drivers have insufficient training and should not be performing most of their called upon duties.
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Types of 18 Wheeler Accidents
Statistics show that vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds account for a majority of accidents, injuries and deaths around the United States. It is easy to understand these figures due to the large size differential between the two automobiles. Of course, there are many different situations that can cause an 18 wheeler accident.
Some causes of an 18 wheeler accident include:
- Blind spot accidents
- Head on collision
- T-bone collision
- Air brake failure
- Tire blowout
- Under ride accident
- Roll overs
- Rear end collision
- Jackknife Accidents
In addition, weather conditions, distractions, and load shifts have also been known to cause many accidents. In some instances these accidents can result in life altering effects to ones life.
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Types of 18 Wheeler Injuries
As a result of the enormous size of tow trucks, they are able to produce an enormous force when they collide with another automobile. These accidents are likely to cause great harm to others involved in the accident.
Some common injuries associated with 18 wheeler accidents include:
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Facial injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Psychological injuries
- Rib and torso injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
If you have been involved in an 18 wheeler accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, and you do not know what to do, it is a great idea to contact our attorneys at Greg Coleman Law. Our experienced attorneys will help explain the legal options available and guide you in the correct direction in pursuit of compensation for your losses and damages.
Contact An Experienced Attorney
At Greg Coleman Law we have several years of experience with truck collision litigation. Our attorneys have all spent years learning each type of truck laws outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As such, utilizing our knowledge and experience of our Tennessee truck crash attorneys is imperative.
With our main office in Knoxville, we are also licensed to serve the entire state of Tennessee.
Some locations we serve include:
- Lenoir City
To learn more about how our attorneys are able to help in your time of need, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we welcome you to contact us today at 865-247-0080 and a member of our intake team will obtain the details of your collision and refer you to one of our experienced truck accident attorneys.
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