Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents

These vehicles are specially licensed and subject to many rules and regulations. You have to have a special license to drive these vehicles. In addition to the vehicle itself, there are other individuals and companies who are involved in the commercial trucking process of loading and servicing these vehicles. If you are in a collision with a Truck or Tractor Trailer you should consult with a lawyer prior to speaking to any insurance company representative, signing any forms.  A collision with a Truck or Tractor Trailer may not be just the result of the actions of the driver.

There was a total of 1,098 reported injury and fatal collisions involving heavy commercial vehicles in 2007. There were 1,411 injured victims resulting from 1,042 injury collisions and 65 victims killed from 56 fatal heavy commercial vehicle collisions in 2007

The top five contributing factors assigned to heavy commercial vehicle drivers were, in order of magnitude:

1. Driver inattentive
2. Speed
3. Road condition
4. Driver error/confusion
5. Following too closely

The following were factors in large truck / tractor trailer collisions as reported by the police:

Factor Injury Fatal Total
Defective Brakes 10 1 11
Improper Passing 11 1 12
Defective Tires 12 0 12
Insecure Load 10 2 12
Cutting In 16 0 16
Distraction 15 1 16
Alcohol 18 1 19
Improper Turning 20 0 20
Fell Asleep 20 1 21
Weather 30 1 31
Failing to Yield 52 1 53
Tailgating 62 1 63
Speed 107 6 113
Confusion 129 6 135
Road Conditions 130 6 136
Inattention 198 3 201

Contact us to get a copy of our special report on Truck and Tractor Trailer collisions.

Settlement for Brain Injured Driver

BC Truck Accident Lawyer Ben Falkenberg agreed to help the driver of a car that was run over by a fully loaded tractor trailer truck. The young man was driving his friend's car. The friend was in the front passenger seat. As they drove down the highway, the front wheel came off of the car, causing the car to go across the center line and under the wheels of an oncoming fully loaded tractor trailer truck. The car was run over and crushed, but miraculously the occupants of the car survived. Some had only minor injuries. The young driver had a serious brain injury. The insurance company blamed the young driver for the collision. The insurance company refused to settle the case. BC Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Ben Falkenberg agreed to help the young brain injured driver. By investigating the case we found out that the friend had put his car in the ditch earlier that day and that was the likely cause of the wheel coming off on the highway. Even faced with these facts the insurance company refused to settle the case.  We commenced a law suit against the friend and set a trial date with a jury. At mediation shortly before the trial date the insurance company settled the case when faced with the fact that we were going to take the case before a jury and the true facts would come out about the friend putting his car in the ditch earlier that day.

Truck and Tractor Trailer Accident Case Review

Contact Nanaimo Accident Lawyer Ben Falkenberg for a consultation regarding your Truck and Tractor Trailer Collision case to see if you have a case that we can assist you with. We can only take a certain number of cases each year, so we carefully review your case before we agree to take it on. We will review your case and if it meets with our case selection criteria, we may agree to assist you; even if we cannot assist you, we will refer you to another lawyer who can.

Nanaimo lawyer Ben Falkenberg handles cases all over the Province of British Columbia (BC).

Cost of Legal Services

The cost of legal services is always a major concern for people who have been injured in an accident and may be unable to work.  If we agree to take your case, we offer our legal services on a contingent fee basis.  A contingent fee is a percentage of the amount of the recovery, paid at the conclusion of the case.  There is no fee until there is a successful resolution of your case. If there is no recovery there is no fee

Studies have shown that auto accident injury claimants who hired a lawyer received about three and a half times better settlement than they would have if they had tried to negotiate their case alone.

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