If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is essential that you seek the legal advice of an attorney. At the Roeser Law Firm, we understand the overwhelming suffering clients experience when they are involved in a truck T-bone accident as bills continue to mount.
The Nature of Truck T-Bone Accidents
Truck T-bone accidents usually cause severe injuries or deaths. The main reason for the damages that accrue is the weight of the truck compared to a smaller vehicle. Passenger vehicles generally weigh in at roughly 4,000 pounds while a fully-loaded semi can weigh in the neighborhood of 80, 000 pounds. If you factor in speed, the risk of injury is high when a big rig plows into a passenger vehicle.
Because of this, a trucker’s driving skills must be honed, and big rig drivers need to qualify for a CDL license issued by the government before getting behind the wheel of a semi-truck. With this added training comes the enhanced liability truckers have when an accident occurs. In addition, a truck driver is often employed by a trucking company that carries a high insurance policy. Let’s explore T-bone accidents, trucker responsibilities and recoverable damages.
Truck Accident Lawyer – The Roeser Law Firm
If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is essential that you seek the legal advice of an attorney. At the Roeser Law Firm, we understand the overwhelming suffering clients experience when they are involved in a truck T-bone accident as bills continue to mount. Zeke Roeser has been fighting for his client’s right to obtain the compensation they deserve in all types of car and truck accidents for many years. He uses his legal acumen and investigative experience to build a robust case for each and every client who puts their faith in him.
If you are injured by a negligent trucker or trucking company, reach out to the Roeser Law Firm at (202) 660-4070, or contact us online to schedule a free case review. You will get a chance to meet our legal team and ask questions related to your case. We will examine your potential claim to determine its merits and give you your options going forward. Let us take the burden of a lawsuit off your shoulders and give you a chance to heal.
The Outcome of a T-Bone Accident
Even at slow speeds, when a truck hits a passenger vehicle or a smaller car slams into the side of a big rig, the chances for survival are low. There are several reasons for this. Passenger vehicles have fewer if any safety devices on their sides, although newer cars are adding some such as airbags. This means if the side of the vehicle is hit by a big rig, there is little protection, and the driver or passenger suffers a serious injury.
Alternately, when a passenger vehicle strikes the side of a big rig, it usually sails under the truck. This occurs because there are no underguards to prevent the car from entering this space. When this happens, the roof and supporting structure of the passenger car is sheared off, exposing the passengers to significant injury or death. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that side-impact truck T-bone accidents carry the greatest incidence of serious injuries.
Safety Measure Compliance
Truckers are required to do the following to assure safety:
- Inspect their load before and during the trip
- Inspect the engine, tires and brakes of their vehicle before leaving
- Comply with rest break regulations
- Maintain their vehicle
- Avoid being distracted when driving
- Not use drugs or alcohol when driving
- Keep records up-to-date and honest
- Be compliant with traffic laws
- Avoid illegal turns, especially at intersections
The Roeser Law Firm
If you retain the Roeser Law Firm, we will send out an investigative team to the accident site to learn how the truck T-bone accident occurred. We will review the trucker’s log and check on maintenance and compliance with federal and state regulations. The investigators will also look to see if the trucker has been involved in a similar accident in the past or has other strikes against his or her record. Once the evidence is gathered, we will work to successfully resolve our clients’ claims.