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Due to their massive size and weight, semi trailer trucks pose significant risks on the road. Unfortunately, negligent truck drivers who fail to follow state and federal regulations can increase the chances of a commercial truck accident. Understanding what a semi-trailer truck is, the potential causes of accidents involving them, and the importance of seeking legal assistance after an accident is crucial.
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    What is a Tractor-Trailer?

    A semi-trailer truck, commonly known as a tractor-trailer or an 18-wheeler, is a large commercial vehicle consisting of a tractor unit and a semi-trailer. The tractor unit contains the engine, driver's cabin, and controls, while the semi-trailer is a detachable unit that carries cargo. Semi-trailer trucks are widely used in industries such as logistics, shipping, and transportation due to their capacity to haul substantial amounts of goods efficiently.


    What Are Potential Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents?

    The following are common causes of big rig accidents:

    Driver fatigue

    Long-haul truck drivers often face demanding schedules, leading to fatigue and drowsiness behind the wheel. Fatigue impairs their reaction time, decision-making abilities, and overall focus, increasing the risk of accidents.

    Mechanical failures

    Semi-trailer trucks undergo extensive wear and tear due to the extensive distances they travel. Mechanical failures, such as brake malfunctions, tire blowouts, or steering system issues, can result in loss of control and accidents.

    Improper loading

    Incorrectly loaded cargo or failure to secure it properly can lead to accidents. Shifting cargo can cause the truck to become imbalanced, leading to instability and potential rollovers or jackknifes.

    Distracted driving

    With the rise of smartphones and in-cab technologies, distractions have become a significant concern. Truck drivers may engage in activities like texting, talking on the phone, or using GPS systems, diverting their attention from the road and increasing the likelihood of accidents.

    Adverse weather conditions

    Poor weather conditions, including heavy rain, snow, fog, or icy roads, significantly impact a truck driver's ability to maintain control. Reduced visibility, decreased traction, and longer braking distances increase the risk of accidents.

    Negligent maintenance

    Regular maintenance and inspections are vital to ensure the safe operation of semi-trailer trucks. Negligent maintenance practices, such as failing to repair faulty brakes or replace worn-out tires, can lead to catastrophic accidents.


    Should I Contact a Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer?

    After a semi-trailer truck accident, seeking legal representation from a truck accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys can make a substantial difference in obtaining fair compensation.

    Our experienced truck accident attorneys know how to investigate this type of complex accident and identify all liable parties. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong  and can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.


    Contact Us Today!

    Semi-trailer truck accidents can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. If you are involved in a commercial truck accident, you must speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

    At MVP Accident Attorneys, our legal team is dedicated to helping accident victims navigate the legal process and obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact MVP Accident Attorneys to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards recovering your losses.

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