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Commercial Trucking Accidents

Tractor Trailer / Trucking Accidents

There isn’t much question that a “car meet commercial truck” accident will result in serious injuries or death. The very size and weight of the big rigs also guarantees there will be extensive carnage. The frightening thing is that with more and more of these big rigs on the road today, the same road we use to drive to work, the chances of being involved in this type of accident are on the rise.

There are approximately 14,000,000 commercial vehicles licensed to be on the highways and byways of the US in any given year. This includes commercial freight vehicles, tractor-trailers and single-unit trucks. That is a lot of road tonnage hurtling down the highways at high speeds right next to other passenger vehicles.

Within the last few years alone, there were over 196,000 large truck crashes yearly, representing over 4,400 fatalities, 137,000 non-fatal crashes and 55,000 injury crashes. Interestingly enough, most of the fatal accidents involving large trucks took place during the week in rural areas during daylight hours when visibility was at its best. Unfortunately, these accidents involving large trucks usually also resulted in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes.

Large truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons that include failure to yield the right of way to another vehicle, speeding, driving at unsafe speed limits without regard to the weather or prevailing road conditions, aggressive driving, improper training to drive a large vehicle, an improperly licensed or unlicensed driver, driving while impaired, overweight loads, tire blow outs and mechanical failures. There are other reasons as well, but suffice it to say that the end result, no matter what the cause was, is usually devastating to those involved in the accident.

There are far too many ways for things to go wrong when trucking and all it takes is one moment of inattention, an unwise decision, an improperly loaded vehicle and there rides the possibility of an accident somewhere down the road. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles mean that quite literally, they cannot stop on a dime. The resulting crash may leave devastating injuries in its wake, affecting survivors for the rest of their lives.

Other possible consequences include the emotional, mental and physical trauma, loss of ability to earn a living, pain and suffering and sky-high medical bills. If a victim of a crash did not survive, then there are also funeral expenses, among other things, that may be awarded by the courts.

If you have been involved in a large truck accident, speak to us about your case. We know the value of loyalty, honesty and honor, something our clients deeply appreciate.

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