In 2018, 4,136 people died in large truck accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). IIHS reports that most deaths in these accidents are passenger vehicle occupants. This is likely because they are more vulnerable in smaller vehicles when they are hit by trucks that weigh 20 to 30 times more than the passenger vehicle.
Accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks are often more devastating and complicated than typical car accidents because of the many parties involved and the serious injuries or fatalities that often result. If you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, a Jacksonville 18-wheeler lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help you. Contact us at 1-800-747-3733 to learn how.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Driving a truck for a living can be a difficult career. Truck drivers are on the road for many continuous hours. The job may be mundane and repetitive. At the same time, driving a large truck that weighs several tons can also be difficult.
Some of the common causes of truck accidents cited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is the federal agency responsible for regulating commercial trucks, include:
- Speeding: commercial truck drivers may try to reach their destinations by unrealistic deadlines. The FMCSA reports speeding as the most frequent driver-related factor involved in fatal accidents. Fully loaded tractor trailers take 20 to 40% more distance to stop when compared to a passenger vehicle, according to IIHS. It may take even more distance if the roads are wet or slippery.
- Distraction: the FMCSA reports distraction or inattention as the second-most-common driver error factor for truck drivers in fatal accidents. Distractions may include texting or talking on the phone while driving, but they may also include other types of distractions, such as adjusting dials in the vehicle, looking at a GPS or map, looking outside the vehicle, or talking to passengers.
- Fatigue: federal laws allow commercial truck drivers to drive up to 11 hours a day, which may result in tired drivers. The IIHS reports that many drivers violate the regulations and work even more hours than they are permitted.
- Impairment: drivers who drink or are impaired by drugs, prescription medication, or over-the-counter medication place others on the road in danger.
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How a Jacksonville 18-Wheeler Lawyer May Be Able To Help
Truck accident claims are often complex. There may be several parties involved, including the trucking company, the driver, the cargo company, or others. A Jacksonville 18-wheeler attorney from our team can investigate your claim and identify all potentially liable parties. We may also be able to take immediate steps to protect evidence in your claim, such as electronic data from the truck’s black box.
You can expect the trucking company to quickly dispatch its own investigators and legal team after an accident. You can level the playing field by hiring a lawyer who can represent your interests. Our team can gather evidence about the accident, use expert witnesses to recreate the events leading up to the accident when necessary, and review accident reports to determine the causes of your accident. We can then pursue maximum compensation for your claim. Call 1-800-747-3733 today to get started.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for Help
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, a Jacksonville 18-wheeler lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help. We can review your claim during a free consultation and discuss how we can help. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to speak to a member of our team.