With the growing need for shipping in the United States, car drivers often share the road with huge commercial trucks and tractor trailers. These can be more than 10 times the size and weight of your vehicle and lead to devastating truck wrecks and accidents.
We trust that big truck drivers and trucking companies see the possibility for danger and operate their vehicles with care and professionalism. Sadly, that is not always the case.
Wrecks can happen, whether from negligent drivers or from truck companies taking shortcuts – cutting corners on maintenance, hiring under-qualified drivers, or pushing those drivers beyond their physical limits.
When serious accidents occur, the truck accident attorneys at Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf hold negligent trucking companies liable and ensure their clients have the compensation they need to maintain a high quality of life.
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What Makes Trucking Accidents Different?
Any big truck accident can be devastatingly violent, leading to serious injuries or death. A loaded commercial tractor-trailer may weigh up to 80,000 pounds (potentially even more with a special permit).
These huge vehicles are often powered by engines that can produce more than 1,000 horsepower, powering these 40-ton vehicles up to highway speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.
Even under normal conditions a big truck can take hundreds of feet to come to a stop. When there is a mechanical failure, or a driver falls asleep behind the wheel, these vehicles can become rolling catastrophes on Louisiana’s crowded freeways.