The legal weight of a semi-truck in the United States is 80,000 pounds.
That is sixteen times the average weight of a car, and one of the reasons wrecks involving tractor trailers are so utterly devastating.
Log books, which are sometimes referred to as “comic books”, are required to be kept by all big rig drivers. Drivers are allowed to drive 77 hours over 7 consecutive days and are allowed a maximum driving period of 12 hours with a minimum 10 hour break. That’s double the amount of time that most American’s work in a week.
Fatigue and carelessness are a real danger to other drivers when big rig drivers are required to work such long hours. These log books are supposed to keep up with these hours of operation and there is a short window that they can be obtained. That is why it is so critical to contact an attorney after these type of wrecks immediately.
The fatality rates involving a tractor trailer crash are double of those only involving automobiles. That accounts for one of the reasons that the Department of Transportation requires that tractor trailers carry a minimum of $1,000,000 insurance policy.
It can be difficult to get a fair amount out of an insurance company for a fender-bender, and they only become more aggressive and defensive when the stakes are raised. In accident where medical bills are tens of thousands of dollars or more, or where a loved one has been seriously injured or even killed, adjuster’s lowball tactics become frustrating for those injured. It is very important that following a wreck with a big rig that you contact an attorney immediately to help you get a fair amount.