Every year there is more than 500,000 eighteen-wheeler (semi-trailer truck) accidents in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Out of those, roughly 5,000 result in deaths and many more end in serious bodily injuries. Eighteen-wheeler accidents differ from your typical car accident in many ways.
First, the average collision with an eighteen-wheeler usually results in much more devastating injuries than your typical car accident. An eighteen-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, whereas the average automobile weight is approximately 4,000 pounds.
Second, there are numerous federal and state laws that regulate the travel of eighteen-wheelers that do not apply to automobiles. These laws are a source for an attorney to find and impose liability on the driver of an eighteen-wheeler. This is why you need an experienced eighteen-wheeler accident attorney who knows and understands the regulations. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.