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Tractor-Trailer Accidents

When a fully-loaded 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle, it can cause serious injuries or death. The sheer size and weight of tractor-trailer and the laws of physics mean great risk for passenger vehicle occupants in this type of crash.  Truck accident cases can be extremely complex, pitting victims against large companies with deep pockets.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a truck accident, call the Melonakos Law Firm today.

Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer?

At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we are dedicated to recovering maximum compensation for our clients and have recovered more than $25 million to date. We maintain a small caseload, so we can provide the personal attention your case deserves. We only litigate personal injury cases and will not hesitate to go to trial if necessary to protect your interests.  We handle truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we win.

Types of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Tractor trailers are common on America’s roadways and cause great devastation when they are involved in wrecks. Common types of tractor trailer accidents include:

  • Jackknife: When the driver of a large truck brakes hard and fast, it can cause the truck to jackknife. The trailer swings outward, creating a 90-degree angle to the cab of the tuck.
  • Rollover: A tractor-trailer can slide and roll over, taking other motorists with it, when the driver loses control of the vehicle.
  • Wide turns: Swinging turn crashes occur when a truck driver swings left to make to make a wide right turn, colliding with vehicles to the right.
  • Underrides: When a large truck stops suddenly, a much smaller vehicle following behind can become lodged underneath the trailer.
  • Lost loads: Freight that is improperly loaded and secured can fall out of a tractor trailer, endangering nearby motorists and causing multi-vehicle collisions.
  • Rear-end: Because of its size and weight, a tractor-trailer that rear-ends a passenger vehicle can cause catastrophic injuries or death.
  • Blind spot: Large commercial trucks have significant blind spots. This puts motorists in adjacent lanes in danger of being hit, crushed, or forced off the road.

Causes and Injuries from Tractor Trailer Accidents

Leading factors contributing to tractor-trailer wrecks include:

  • Driver error or negligence
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Equipment failure
  • Improper loading of cargo
  • Inclement weather

Injuries sustained in a collision with a tractor-trailer are likely to be serious for passenger vehicle occupants. Common injuries include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis

Who Is Liable?

Liability for damages in a tractor trailer accident depends on who or what caused the accident. If the wreck resulted from truck driver negligence, poor vehicle maintenance, equipment failure, or improper cargo loading, the truck driver, trucking company, or other parties may be responsible for damages.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

Tractor trailer accidents are complex cases involving federal regulations and multiple potentially responsible parties. Our experienced Greenville truck accident attorneys know how to investigate a tractor-trailer wreck, secure and preserve evidence, and prepare and present your case. We can negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf and fight for your rights in court if necessary to secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact an Attorney Today

At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we have a former insurance defense attorney on our team. This gives us insight into the workings of the insurance process and a decided edge for our clients. Our attorneys are tough advocates for people injured through the negligence of others. Contact us as soon as possible if you have been hurt in a tractor-trailer wreck.

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