Large commercial trucks operate on interstates and highways through Venango County, across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, transporting goods from one location to another. While transporting goods is a valuable and important service, the presence of these large trucks on the road also comes with a danger unique to tractor trailers when it comes to automobile accidents. A tractor trailer traveling at interstate speeds is essentially an 88,000 pound force that is unable to stop quickly or maneuver efficiently when emergency situations arise. And if that 88,000 pound force does attempt to swerve or stop quickly, there is a good chance the driver will lose control of the vehicle and it will jackknife or roll over taking out other vehicles in its way.
There are no passenger vehicles on the road that present dangers like these in an accident, which is why tractor trailer accidents are so dangerous and cause so many serious injuries. Tractor-trailer accident attorneys know that major transportation routes in Pennsylvania regularly see more than 6,000 large truck crashes per year. These accidents are often catastrophic, causing severe and debilitating injuries that are sometimes fatal.
Types of injuries sustained in tractor trailer accidents
The crushing force of a tractor trailer may cause short term injuries, long term injuries, and sometimes permanent injuries. Permanent injuries may prevent injury victims from living independently such as losing the ability to walk or drive. Serious injuries sustained in a tractor trailer accident may include traumatic brain injuries, amputation, spinal cord injuries, other back and neck injuries, broken and crushed bones, and disfigurement.
Insurance companies in tractor trailer accidents often contact injured victims right after the accident, before they have even gotten a chance to speak with an attorney. Insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible on claims that they owe and when they anticipate an expensive claim, they will frequently try for a quick cash settlement with an accident victim before he or she knows the extent of his or her injuries and damages.
It is important that injured victims do not agree to a financial settlement and release of liability until they have consulted with a tractor trailer accident attorney. Expert attorneys will hire medical experts for independent medical evaluations to determine the extent of injuries sustained and they will also analyze any need for future medical expenses and necessary treatment. Medical experts will look at long term disability, recovery challenges, and whether or not the injuries have any impact on the victim’s ability to work in the future. All of these things need to be evaluated along with other important factors in order to determine the value of the injured victim’s claim.