Proudly serving Waterloo residents with their accident-related claims
At Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C., we handle your trucking accident case with compassion and determination to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve for the injuries sustained. The large size and heavy weight of tractor-trailer trucks are two of the critical factors that make these vehicles extremely dangerous to other drivers on the road. In an accident with a big-rig truck, smaller vehicles are often crushed. The immense weight of a large commercial truck brings a much greater physical force to the accident and makes it much harder for the truck to stop. Additionally, a large truck’s higher bumper puts its force right at the level of the head for most cars’ occupants. Our attorneys are prepared to help you seek full and fair compensation for the injuries you sustained as a result of your accident with a tractor-trailer.
What causes 18-wheeler accidents?
There are a variety of factors that can cause a large truck to crash. As proficient truck accident attorneys in Iowa, we have dealt with most of them, including:
- Overweight trucks. To make more money, trucking companies commonly disregard weight regulations. The result could be that the driver can’t stop properly or that improperly secured loads shift and cause a fatal accident.
Fatigued or ill driver. Commercial drivers operate under strict deadlines. Often, the drivers push themselves to keep driving even when they are fatigued or sick. These health issues can cause the driver to be inattentive, and reaction time can be affected and result in a wreck.
- Poor choices. A truck driver may speed, drive aggressively or even abuse drugs to stay awake to meet a deadline. If the truck driver loses control of the 18-wheeler, the result can be disastrous.
- Vehicle failure. The wear and tear on large commercial trucks is extensive, and trucking companies do not always properly maintain them. If a truck’s brakes, tires or lights fail, an accident could result.
- Weather conditions. Truck drivers trying to make a deadline may drive through dangerous weather. The inclement conditions may result in the driver losing control of the truck or not being able to see you in the lane next to him.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a big rig, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help you. It is likely that you have the right to sue the trucking company for the costs of your current and future medical expenses, applicable lost wages and other expenses related to your injury. Our personal injury law firm works diligently to obtain the best possible results for you.