Information about Truck Accidents
There are 6 million motor vehicle accidents that take place in the United States on an annual basis, and of that number, the accidents involving trucks are often the most deadly. This is primarily due to the size differential between trucks and most passenger vehicles on the road. Fully loaded, a truck can weight nearly 80,000 pounds, and approach 75 feet in length, almost a third of a football field. The average passenger vehicle rarely exceeds 5000 pounds in weight, and is usually 15-20 feet long. When these two vehicles collide, it can result in devastating injury and damage to the victims in the smaller vehicle.
Many truck accidents are the result of negligence, and this negligence can be manifested in a variety of ways, and come from a variety of sources. In any such accident, the truck manufacturer, the trucking company, or even the driver themselves can be guilty of negligent behavior that results in the injury or death of an innocent motorist. If you have been harmed in a truck accident that was caused by negligence, it is crucial that you seek the help of a car accident attorney in your case. With a competent attorney’s help, you may be able to seek full injury compensation from the responsible parties in your accident.
Truck Driver Negligence
The commercial trucking industry plays a major role in our economy; therefore, millions of semi trucks and big rigs are traveling America’s roads at any given time. A fully loaded semi truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, that’s a huge difference compared to a 4,000 thousand pound passenger car. In the majority of truck accidents, it’s the occupants of the passenger sized car or trucks that are severely injured while the truck driver walks away completely unharmed.
While truck drivers are supposed to adhere to a number of safety regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, not all trucking companies or truck drivers behave responsibly and in adherence with the laws pertaining to hours of service, weigh limits, texting while driving laws, or even drunk driving laws. Some of the common forms of truck driver negligence that led to accidents include the following:
Truck driver fatigue (violating hours of service)
Driving under the influence of prescription medications (medications that cause drowsiness or blurred vision)
Overloaded trucks (causing rollovers)
Equipment or mechanical malfunction (e.g. faulty brakes)
Texting while driving
Truck Accident Lawyer
Our firm possesses a skilled and dedicated attorney team that has handled all manner of injury cases, from truck accidents to drunk driving accidents. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of those injured by another’s negligence, and we will fight diligently to see the best interests of our clients served in their cases. Contact our offices if you have been victimized in a truck accident, and we will explore all legal avenues available to possibly secure a favorable outcome in your case.
Have you suffered injury in a truck accident that was not your fault? Contact a truck accident lawyer who can assist you in pursuing those responsible for equitable compensation in your case.