Everything You Need To Know About Tractor Trailer Accidents 

tractor trailer rolls over and lands in the median A tractor trailer is a vehicle that is a semi with an attached trailer to it.

People who operate them must drive for many hours, meet deadlines, and obey all the applicable laws.

It takes a lot of patience and awareness to be capable of driving such a large vehicle because they are very difficult to properly drive, especially under the circumstances.

Driving a tractor trailer involves being even more aware of blind spots for other cars and being extra careful while turning. Tractor trailer accidents have caused not only fires and severe injuries, but also deaths and highway car pileups. 

Safety Measures 

When you are driving on the road or highway, you have safety precautions that you should take to avoid accidents with tractor trailers. Some tips are to: 

  1. Try your best to avoid tractor trailers: Although sometimes the traffic flow makes it unavoidable, keeping a safe distance from these vehicles is recommended so that you not only have better visibility, but also avoid potential accidents. It is easy for a tractor trailer to accidentally take a sedan or SUV off the road because of how massive they are, so if you must be near one, try your best to give them plenty of room on the road. 
  2. Avoid being in blind spots of tractor trailers: Because of the lengths of the trailers attached to these types of vehicles, they have more blind spots than a regular car. While driving, keep in mind that the driver may not see you and could merge into your lane thinking that he or she had space. 
  3. Give tractor trailers space when they are backing out or turning: The large length of tractor trailers requires them to make wide turns, often needing to maneuver between driving forward and backward to get onto a road. When you see that a vehicle of this length is trying to turn, give them space so that they can take those wide turns without damaging your car. 
  4. Do not cut off or abruptly break in front of a tractor trailer: Tractor trailers are typically extremely heavy. Therefore, it takes a lot more for one to reach a complete stop while braking. Avoid being rear-ended by keeping an eye of your rearview mirror and try to drive carefully when a tractor trailer is directly behind you and double check that you have room to merge into another lane. 

Suing the Company 

If you become involved in a tractor trailer accident, you may be able to receive money for your damages and/or loss. You can sue the company that the driver was working for because under vicarious liability, the company will be held responsible for the driver’s actions while he or she was within the scope of his or her employment. The company has a duty to drivers on the road to hire authorized, responsible, and competent drivers. Whether you decide to sue the driver, company, or both, our team of attorneys can advise you on the best actions you should take under your set of unique facts. 

Contact Us 

If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident or if your close family member has passed away from an accident involving a tractor trailer, contact our team of experienced attorneys at the O’Brien Law Firm to see what we can do for you. Call us at (716) 907-7777 today. 

June Is National Safety Month 

Safety SignThe National Safety Council has declared June as National Safety Month.  Each week has a different focus, with the intent of eliminating preventable deaths and injuries at work, at home, in communities, and on the road.  This year, the “No 1 Gets Hurt” campaign covers: 

  • Emergency Preparedness 
  • Wellness 
  • Falls 
  • Driving 

Here are some of the highlights. 

Week 1: Emergency Preparedness 

Emergencies can happen at any time.  Planning for possible emergencies can make surviving and thriving in an emergency more likely.  Planning should include: 

  • Prepare for natural disasters common to your living area, including tornadoes, floods, and wildfires 
  • Create an emergency kit for home and car 
  • Create an emergency plan with your family, including designated meeting spots 
  • Keep important phone numbers and important documents in a fire proof safe 
  • Learn first aid and CPR 

Week 2: Wellness 

The National Safety Council encourages everyone to take some time to focus on wellness.  Easy daily wellness goals can include: 

  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator 
  • Parking your car further from the entrance to increase daily steps 
  • Taking advantage of workplace wellness programs 
  • Eating healthy snacks 
  • Taking breaks to stretch and move throughout the day 
  • Seeing your doctor regularly 
  • Watching for signs of fatigue 

Week 3: Falls 

Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths.  They are the number one cause of death in those age 65 and older.  Preventing slips, trips, and falls at home and in the community can be achieved by following these steps: 

  • Make sure walkways, stairs, and doorways are free of clutter, cords, and other tripping hazards 
  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately 
  • Stairs should have non-slip adhesive strips 
  • Rugs should have appropriate backing to prevent movement 
  • Avoid distracted walking! 
  • Limit cell phone use when walking 
  • Be mindful of busy areas, such as airports or shopping malls 
  • Avoid listening to headphones when walking near traffic  

Week 4: Driving 

94 % of all vehicle crashes involve human error.  Consequently, drivers should avoid unsafe driving conduct to reduce the chance of a car crash.   

  • Do not drink and drive 
  • Recognize other factors can impair driving, such as lack of sleep 
  • Avoid driving after using drugs that may impair judgment, even with a valid prescription 
  • Don’t use a cell phone while driving 
  • Wear a seatbelt – always 
  • Make certain children are in age appropriate restraints 
  • Lock the car when not in use 
  • Never leave a child in a vehicle alone 
  • Pay attention to vehicle recalls 
  • Do not rely on safety features to replace judgment 
  • Be mindful of vehicle alerts and warnings 

Safe driving requires attention before driving as well as while driving.   

Stay Safe This Summer! 

At The O’Brien Firm, we want you and your loved ones to be safe this summer.  Injuries can happen in an instant.  Being prepared can help lessen the injury in some circumstances.  In other cases, implementing safety plans can prevent injury all together.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall or a driving accident, please contact our office. Our lawyers practice exclusively in the area of personal injury.  We are dedicated to helping the injured get their lives back. Call us today to talk about your case at no charge at (716) 907-7777.