Semi-truck accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes resulting in serious medical complications that require ongoing care. Tractor-trailers belong to a class of vehicles known as “articulated vehicles,” which have segments joined by a pivoting joint. Because of this joint, they have the potential to be involved in certain types of accidents that are unique to them. Among the most dangerous kind of accidents unique to semi-trucks and other articulated vehicles are decoupling accidents, which occur when the segments of a truck separate from one another. These incidents should never occur, and anyone injured in a decoupling accident should discuss their situation with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
What Causes Brooks Decoupling Accidents?
There are many potential ways that a decoupling accident can occur. Among the most common include the following:
Defective coupling device design or manufacture
Improper operation of the coupling device
Overloaded truck trailers
Improper loading of cargo
Failure to account for high winds or other weather conditions
It is important to determine how a tractor-trailer became decoupled, as the cause of the decoupling will often identify the party or parties that may be held liable for the accident. An experienced Brooks truck accident lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you as to how best to proceed.
Contact a Brooks truck accident attorney for a free consultation
People who have been injured in accidents caused by a trailer becoming decoupled from its truck may be eligible for significant compensation. The lawyers of Shane Smith Law are committed to helping people injured in semi-truck accidents recover for their losses. We strive to obtain the highest possible settlement or award in each case we handle. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Brooks truck accident lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.