A staggering number of truck accidents happen annually. The year 2017 was a fairly typical year for truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported 363,000 property damage crashes, 107,000 injury crashes, and 4,657 fatal crashes in 2017.
Large trucks pose a great danger when they are involved in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one were involved in a collision involving a large truck, you could be entitled to compensation from the liable party.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 747-3733
Large Trucks Pose Unique Dangers on the Road
Why do so many truck accidents happen annually? Large trucks are, for lack of better words, large and heavy, often as much as 30 times as heavy as a passenger vehicle when carrying a full load of cargo. Besides size and weight, other dangers posed by large trucks include:
- Greater difficulty braking, especially on wet or icy roads
- Greater difficulty controlling them, with a more limited ability to swerve out of the way of other vehicles
- Fatigued drivers who work long hours
In 2017, 68% of those who died in accidents involving large trucks were motorists or passengers in the other vehicle.
Truck Drivers Are Susceptible to Dangerous Driving Behavior
Those who employ unqualified truck drivers, or demand that their drivers skirt limitations on driving hours, maybe liable when an accident involving one of their drivers occurs. Beyond these risks, the drivers of large trucks are just as susceptible to common dangerous motorist behaviors that increase the risk of an accident.
Some of these behaviors include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued
- Engaging in distracted driving, such as texting, eating, drinking, or making a phone call
- Changing lanes abruptly or without signaling
These are just a few of the behaviors that could make a driver of a large truck, and possibly their employer, liable if they caused an accident. If you or a loved one were in an accident in these or other dangerous circumstances, call a lawyer.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer to Fight Your Case
A lawyer can handle the legal duties required to pursue damages that you may be entitled to receive while you focus on your recovery. Some ways that a lawyer can help include:
- Initiating your legal case immediately to ensure that you fall within the statutes of limitation for your case
- Collecting all evidence of the defendant’s wrongdoing to use at trial or in settlement negotiations
- Handling all legal responsibilities from start to finish
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
If your case is successful, you may be entitled to compensation covering losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact an Accident Attorney Today
Our team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will go the extra mile for you. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation regarding your case.