Tractor trailer, Semi truck and 18-wheeler accidents

 

We don’t have to tell you how extremely traumatic and devastating being in a tractor trailer truck accident can be. Anytime there’s a wreck where a 18 wheeler hat collided with a passenger car, the truck always comes out ahead. When there is a fatal truck collision 98% of the time the person who was killed was in the passenger and only 2% of the people killed were the truck driver.

If you are like me, you get a little nervous when those huge trucks and tractor trailer rigs thunder past you on the interstate. On more than one occasion I have been ran off the road by a big truck on Interstate 40 between Memphis and Nashville. Are these huge rigs even allowed to go that fast? The answer, in most cases is “No.” I’m sure that you probably worry as you stare nervously at the hubcaps passing you at eye level, just hoping that the driver of that semi truck see’s you in his mirror. Because if something does go wrong, the result could easily be catastrophic.

The horrible “what if” scenarios that you hope will never happen unfortunately do sometimes turn into reality. You or for someone you love may have been rear ended and hit from behind when one of these 18 wheelers didn’t stop in time, or maybe you were run off the road by a crazed driver or one that was tired and asleep at the wheel. If that’s the case, you are going to need to find a good trucking accident lawyer, and you need him right away.

If you’re in either Tennessee or Mississippi that lawyer is Jami Ferrell. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Jami has made it his mission to help people who have had serious and life changes injuries because of being hurt in car and truck accidents. Jami knows the issues involved, and because he focuses on working with accident and injury victims, he understands the complications that can come up in these type of cases.

You might be thinking to yourself, “What’s the difference between a regular car wreck and a truck accident, besides the fact that one of the vehicles is a lot bigger than the other one?”

Actually, it’s the difference in the size of the vehicles involved in the wreck that causes their to be differences.

The first thing is that because the truck that crashed into your car is so much larger it makes the resulting damage and injuries that much worse. In car accidents sometimes you can walk away with just minor injuries, but in tractor-trailer accidents that’s rarely the case.

The sad truth is that, more often than not, when a person has been in a semi truck or tractor trailer accident they usually don’t walk away ever again. In cases like this, where there the truck crash caused someone to die, it is the family members who Jami helps after their husband, wife, brother, sister, mother or father has been killed.

The large size of these big 18 wheeler rigs also makes trucks much more dangerous and substantially increases the probability of an accident in the first place:

These huge trucks that move up and down I-40, I-55 and around I-240 throughout the Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi area are harder to maneuver and control than a normal vehicle. They need a lot more room to come to a full stop than your minivan or suv. They can’t slow down as easily and quickly when something unexpected appears in front of them. Something as small as blown tire, or trash in the middle of the interstate or highway can quickly turn into disaster.

Tractor trailer trucks need a lot of room to turn. They can easily jack-knife in the middle of the highway if they lose control. Something as minor as changing lanes can cause them veer across lanes into oncoming traffic. They have huge blind spots, and can easily run you off the road into ditches, bridges, or oncoming traffic, all of which can cause serious damage and sometimes death. Throw in bad weather with driving rain and no visibility and you have a catastrophe waiting to happen.

The reason why semi trucks are on our highways and interstates in the first place can make them dangerous:

One of the major jobs of these truckers is to transport goods that are perishable. These perishables, such as produce and milk have a tight deadline that they must be delivered by, truck drivers are pressured to get places as fast as possible, with as few breaks as possible. The result is tired, overworked drivers who are in a rush. A tired or sleepy truck driver is much more likely to cause a wreck.
When a truck driver just keeps pushing himself and goes on driving, going past exhaustion and fatigue, his bound to stop paying attention and get tunnel vision. In a worst-case scenario, he will fall asleep while driving.

But aren’t there regulations to prevent this? Yes, but that does not mean that they are always followed. A good accident lawyer knows where to look to see whether there were violations.

Many times it’s the trucking companies that are the ones at fault. In the rush to get deliveries made quickly and make more profit they can put additional pressure on their drivers. And sometimes they may be negligent in maintaining their trucks and keeping them in proper condition. It’s also not unheard of for them to overload their trucks and go over government weight restrictions. These can all contribute to causing accidents on interstates and highways.

If you’ve just been in a wreck involving a tractor trailer or 18 wheeler you may be asking, “What do I do if I’ve just been in a wreck?” First you need to talk with a lawyer right away, and not just any kind of lawyer, but a lawyer who specifically focuses their practice on truck accidents. Jami Ferrell has made it his mission to help people who have been in seriously hurt in truck accidents, he understands the need to review all of the complicated issues involved, and knows to look for evidence that supports your case.

Because of the need to find and locate the evidence needed for your case it’s vital that you act fast! This is even more important when semi trucks or tractor trailers are involved because they are often just passing through on their way to other towns and cities. Any evidence that you may need to win your case can quickly disappear if your lawyer is not able to make sure that it is preserved.

Jami knows the Tennessee and Mississippi laws and regulations. He understands insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible. And they works to get you the best results possible.

With Jami you’ll get an accident lawyer who is full of vigor and motivation to do what’s right, and to help you when you need it most. Jami fights hard for his clients, and his opponents and the insurance companies know it.

So if you’ve been in an accident anywhere in either Tennessee or Mississippi, whether your wreck occured on I-55, I-240 or I-40, or anywhere in the Memphis area, including Cordova TN, Bartlett TN, Arlington TN, Somerville TN, Germantown TN, Collierville TN, Millington TN, Jackson TN, Olive Branch MS, Southaven MS, Hernando MS, Batesville MS, Tunica MS, Greenville MS, Belzoni MS or or even in Fayette County TN, Shelby County TN, Madison County TN, Desoto County MS, Marshall County, MS, Panola County MS, or even Tunica County MS, give Jami a call and let him help you.

Now what will it be like when Jami is your lawyer? Will you even get to talk to him in person?

Of course you will. Other lawyers in Mississippi and Tennessee may pass their clients off to junior staff members and their legal aids. Other personal injury attorneys may make their clients feel they are just a number.

Jami doesn’t don’t do that. You will personally meet with him. He will return your phone calls. He will be the one to listen to you and he will answer all of your questions. He cares about you.

So if you want to get fairly compensated for your injuries and damages, you really need a lawyer. A lawyer you can talk to without being talked down to. Call the Ferrell Law Firm at (901) 754-1340.

What will it cost? Your consultation is always free. And if they take your case, they will work on a contingency basis. They only get paid if they wins your case, and then their fee will be a portion of the award. You’ll have no out-of-pocket expenses at all.

So, call today for your free consultation: (901) 754-1340. And remember to take photos of your vehicle, your bruises and injuries. Help Jami build the best case possible for getting you the maximum he can.

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