Truck Accident Claims
Any traffic accident can be a traumatic and devastating event for those involved. An accident involving a smaller vehicle and a large, commercial truck, however, can be horrific. Because of the enormous size and weight differential, occupants in passenger vehicles can be seriously or catastrophically injured or die when colliding with a truck. These massive vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be 75 feet in length. In comparison, the average weight of a passenger car is 3,000 pounds.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in or around the greater Hammond area, getting experienced legal representation is imperative. These types of claims are more complex than those involving smaller vehicles since you will likely be dealing with a commercial trucking company subject to both state and federal regulations. At Anderson Traylor Edwards, our legal team is well-versed in the challenges and complications that can arise in truck accident claims. With 50 years of combined experience to draw on, we know what to do and how to do it in seeking maximum results for our clients.
Truck Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that 4,678 individuals lost their lives in trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2018. This was an increase from 2017 figures. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that most fatalities in truck accidents occur to the occupants of passenger vehicles. In 2018, passenger vehicle occupants comprised 67 percent of all truck accident fatalities while pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists comprised 15 percent. 74 percent of all truck crash fatalities involved tractor-trailers.
Truck accidents can involve 18-wheeler tractor trailers, tankers, dump trucks, garbage trucks, tow trucks, flatbeds, and more.
Causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue; drivers are often on tight delivery schedules, driving long hours without enough breaks or rest despite laws and regulations regarding this
- Driver distraction, such as texting, adjusting GPS, or other devices
- Improper lane changes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, including the use of amphetamines and cocaine to stay awake
- Improperly loaded cargo which then shifts or is ejected when stopping or turning
- Poorly or improperly trained truck drivers
- Poor truck maintenance leading to improperly functioning components
- Blind spots, especially when changing lanes which can endanger adjacent vehicles
- Severe weather
These causes can lead to a variety of accidents, including jackknifing, rollovers, tire or braking crashes due to defects, wide turns that trap vehicles to the rear and right, rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, T-bone crashes, and underride accidents where smaller vehicle become trapped under the trailer of an 18-wheeler.
Those unfortunate enough to be involved in such accidents can sustain massive injuries due to the impact of being hit, crushed, or forced off the roadway.
Hurt in a truck accident? Get legal advice from a Hammond truck accident lawyer in a free consultation. Contact us at (985) 244-3070 as soon as possible.
Common Injuries and Damages from Truck Accidents
In many truck accident cases, the difference in size between 18-wheelers and the other vehicles involved in the accident is often part of the reason the injuries sustained can be so severe. In many truck accidents, the injuries can be severe. Some of the most common injuries sustained in truck accidents include:
Broken and/or fractured bones
Loss of limbs
Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?
Various parties may be liable in a truck accident depending on the unique circumstances of the situation. These can include the trucker as an independent contractor, the trucking company, a manufacturer of a defective component part of the truck, the agency that is responsible for inspection and maintenance of the truck (which is often the trucking company), and third parties who may have played a role in the accident.
These are often complicated cases that can involve more than one party or entity and both state and federal regulations governing the trucking industry. Investigation and the gathering of evidence as soon as possible is critical in such cases. Many commercial trucks use “black box” equipment that records information that can be crucial to a case, such as braking and speed data that occurred prior to the crash. This information needs to be documented before it is overwritten and forever lost.
Get Legal Counsel That Can Make a Difference
In the aftermath of a truck accident in which you have been injured, Anderson Traylor Edwards will do everything possible to protect your legal rights and put you in the strongest position possible for a positive result in negotiation or litigation in court. We know how to fight back against insurance company tactics and can use our knowledge, resources, and skills to help you obtain the justice you deserve.
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