Large trucks are involved in a high percentage of traffic crashes and deaths. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2010 over half a million large trucks and commercial vehicles were involved in accidents. Those accidents led to over 10,000 serious injuries and over 5,000 deaths. Sadly, the trend lines indicate a growing problem. The same data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from 2009 data indicated only 3,200 deaths, representing a startling 45% increase in a single year. The problem is likely to continue to increase as industry insiders confirm that over 20% more trucks are expected to be on the road this year.
A large truck is any truck whose vehicle weight is over 10,000 pounds—usually referred to as semis or tractor-trailers. Because of their extreme size, crashes involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious injury and death than those involving only passenger cars. Approximately 10% of people injured in a large truck crash are killed. Large trucks are also more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle crashes than are passenger cars.
Both federal and state regulations govern the safety of the trucks’ equipment and the drivers’ hours. Trucking companies are required to keep records of such information. Poor equipment and driver fatigue can be causes of multiple-vehicle crashes. Truckers also exhibit basic negligence which leads to accidents, such as speeding, improper lane changes, and failure to see the cars around them when making turns.
It is important to have the help of a truck accident lawyer whenever you are hurt in any one of these accidents. The legal professional can help explain how the facts of your particular case might play out in negotiations with the trucking company or insurer. In addition, you can learn whether or not the filing of a lawsuit is necessary to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Getting Legal Help from a Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a large truck crash, call a truck injury lawyer at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit a free online case evaluation. The initial consultation is FREE.
If we agree to handle your case, there is no legal fee unless we are successful in getting you money. A lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a Statute of Limitations so please contact us right away so that you do not lose your rights to money and other benefits.