When an “18-wheeler,” semi-truck or another large truck is involved in a crash with another motor vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. According to data collected by the United States government, large semi-trucks and buses were involved in more than 100,000 injury crashes in 2014, 3,649 of which involved fatalities. In fact, there are more than fifteen (15) crashes every hour on our nation’s highways involving large trucks.
The drivers of semi-trucks owe the public the highest degree of care under the law. The trucking companies also have a duty to ensure that they hire and train only safe drivers. All too frequently, the trucking companies fail in their responsibilities and our roads are made more dangerous.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a list of the top causes of semi-truck crashes:
- Braking failure
- Traffic congestion
- Truck operator prescription drug use
- Truck operator driving his tractor-trailer too fast for road conditions
- Truck operator’s unfamiliarity with the road
- Roadway construction
- Truck driver’s failure to stop at an electronic traffic signal, stop sign, or crosswalk
- Truck operator’s use of over-the-counter drugs
- Failure of the truck driver to keep a careful look out of the roadway (inattention)
- Truck driver fatigue
Our Role in Handling Your Truck Accident
Sullivan Law has years of experience handling trucking accidents. We provide representation for injured individuals all across the country. We understand how difficult it can be to handle the lawsuit process, which is why we are here to help during this confusing time. We will handle everything related to your case, including negotiating settlements with insurance companies and filing the necessary paperwork. All you have to do is focus on healing. We are ready to fight hard for your rights to help you receive maximum compensation.
In addition to handling trucking accidents that occur with passenger vehicles, our team of lawyers also handle cases that occur when a truck hits a bystander or pedestrian. While these situations are not as common, the damage that occurs can be much more serious. Due to multiple blind spots and limited visibility, these accidents do take place. Due to the degree of the victim’s vulnerability, their body can be severely damaged and in many cases, death occurs. We represent the victim and/or their family in these situations.
Common Injuries in Trucking Accidents
Some of the most common injuries that occur during a trucking accident include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
- Neck injuries
- Fractured bones
- Torn tendons/ligaments
Our truck accident lawyers will help to maximize the chances you have to obtain full compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to belongings and property and current, as well as future, medical expenses. We can also help to arrange for medical treatment in some cases if you do not have insurance coverage.
Our attorneys have vast experience in litigating cases against trucking companies, with numerous multi-million dollar recoveries. Call for a free confidential consultation with one of our attorneys at 877.857.2622.