The for-profit tractor-trailer industry is a recipe for danger. Tractor-trailer companies have an economic incentive to move products across the nation as quickly as possible. Tractor-trailer drivers have an economic incentive to work long hours and drive while tired. Ethical tractor-trailer companies enforce policies that value safety over these short-term economic incentives, but not all tractor-trailer companies are ethical. We share the roads with these tractor-trailer companies, and, unfortunately, when their drivers cause a wreck it almost always leads to a serious injury or wrongful death.
How the Stoddard Firm Can Help
The Stoddard Firm understands the tractor-trailer industry. Before starting the Stoddard Firm, Matt Stoddard spent years defending some of the world’s largest tractor-trailer companies, talking to their drivers, and attending their seminars. Unlike many others who advertise themselves as tractor-trailer wreck lawyers, Mr. Stoddard is acutely familiar with the extensive regulation that makes tractor-trailer companies liable for improper loading, hiring unqualified drivers, driving over-hours, failing to administer drug testing, and failing to perform pre-trip inspections. We know which regulations apply to which tractor-trailer companies. The Stoddard Firm is comfortable and experienced in handling all types of tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle wreck cases including:
Interstate Carrier Tractor-Trailer Wrecks
In-State Carrier Tractor-Trailer Wrecks
Agricultural and Logging Truck Wrecks
Dump Truck Wrecks
City-owned Garbage and Recycling Truck Wrecks
Commercial Vehicle Wrecks.
Common Cause of Truck Wrecks
Crashes involving tractor-trailers can have several contributing factors. Most crashes, even those involving large trucks, are caused by human error. When a tractor-trailer driver makes a mistake, the consequences for other drivers can be incredibly costly. Some of the most common causes of tractor-trailer wrecks include:
Fatigued driving – Fatigue is a common problem among truck drivers in the United States. Because trucking companies have such high demands of their drivers, truckers are pushed to the limit to pay their bills. The result is a fatigued workforce that is often strained to do their jobs safely.
Distracted driving – Just like other types of drivers, truckers can be prone to distraction. Driving a truck requires a great deal of focus, and one small lapse of attention can lead to a serious wreck.
Speeding – While many tractor-trailers have devices that limit how fast the truck can travel, those devices don’t account for hazardous traffic conditions and areas that have lower speed limits. Travelling too fast for conditions is of the most common causes of crashes involving large trucks.
Following signs and signals – Most truck drivers place an emphasis on following the rules of the road, but some might fall short of that obligation. For example, when a driver fails to come to a complete stop or yield when necessary, it can lead to a chain reaction in which another driver suffers the consequences.
Tractor-Trailer Wrecks Can Be Complex
We’ve mentioned that there are several unique laws that apply to tractor-trailers, all of which play a role in how cases involving truck wrecks are handled. In addition to federal laws, Georgia also has its own regulations regarding commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle drivers. The Stoddard Law Firm has extensive experience and knowledge of both federal and state laws governing tractor-trailers.
Another factor that makes these cases unique is the fact that there are often several different parties involved on the trucker’s side of the case. A truck driver may or may not own their own truck, and many drivers are either employed or hired out by another company.
The manufacturer of the truck might also have a role in the case if a defect was partially responsible for a crash.
These parties often have experienced legal teams who handle legal matters on a regular basis. That’s another reason it’s so important to have an attorney that has a proven track record of handling tractor-trailer wreck cases.
The legal teams and insurance representatives of trucking companies go to work immediately following a crash involving one of their drivers. It’s vital that you do the same. If you’ve been involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer, contact us as soon as possible to put our resources to work for you and your loved ones.
The Stoddard Firm is Equipped to Handle Your Case
Knowing the industry matters. Having the financial resources and manpower to fight matters. And choosing a real trial law firm, one with a low caseload, matters. Not every law firm knows what they are doing. Not every law firm is equipped to fight for full justice.
The Stoddard Firm is different, and reaching out to us is free. Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss what is necessary to achieve a favorable result in your tractor-trailer wreck case. It never hurts to have more information. There is truly no reason not to call or contact us for free advice.
Attorney Matt Stoddard
Matt Stoddard is a professional, hardworking, ethical advocate. He routinely faces some of the nation’s largest companies and some of the world’s largest insurers – opponents who have virtually unlimited resources. In these circumstances, Mr. Stoddard is comfortable. Mr. Stoddard provides his strongest efforts to his clients, and he devotes the firm’s significant financial resources to presenting the strongest case possible on their behalf. Matt understands that his clients must put their trust in him. That trust creates an obligation for Matt to work tirelessly on their behalf, and Matt Stoddard does not take that obligation lightly. [ Attorney Bio ]
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