A truck accident, specifically a semi truck or other freight and cargo haulers, can cause catastrophic damage. If you have been involved in a truck accident, the personal injury lawyers at Spartacus Law Firm are here to help you. We understand the gravity of a trucking accident which is why we make sure that your case is handled with the utmost care and thoroughly review your case to make sure you receive the maximum compensation or if necessary, prepare to take your case to trial.
Semi trucks and other freight haulers are much bigger than standard vehicles, leading to severe damage, injury, and even death. Injuries can be life-altering and extremely expensive, and negligence from the other party involved can cause emotional distress, loss of income, and daily pain and suffering for the victim.
To paint a more detailed picture of the severity of truck accidents, here are some statistics:
- According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were at least 112,000 injury-related crashes and 414,000 property damage crashes involving large trucks in 2018.
- Semi-trucks caused 46% more fatalities than single-unit trucks in 2018, per data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
- 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018, which was 31% higher than in 2009, when truck fatalities were the lowest ever recorded (IIHS).
- Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) notes that 97% of vehicle occupants who were killed in crashes involving a passenger car and a large truck in 2019 were occupants of the car. Only 3% of the truck drivers were killed.
- U.S. FARS data also shows that 64% of the truck drivers killed in multiple vehicle crashes in 2019 occurred due to collisions involving another large semi.
In the complex legal system we have, insurance companies and other parties will do anything they can to minimize the value of your claim. You do not have to settle for this. At the Spartacus Law Firm, our experts understand the legal complexities and factors that can impact the value of your case, and will work with you to obtain the care and compensation for the wrongs you have suffered, fighting for what you deserve.
Commercial truck drivers are required to travel for many hours to transport their cargoes, which can lead to fatigue. Federal and state regulations require drivers to take regular breaks, but not all drivers actually do so, which can lead to accidents down the road. There are many additional factors that can lead to a truck accident including:
- Distracted or impaired driving
- Poor judgment
- Failure to follow traffic rules
- Lack of experience and training
- Improper cargo loading
- Maintenance negligence
- Industry demands
- Driver fatigue
Truck drivers aren’t solely responsible for semi-related accidents, so are passenger cars around them. Here are some of the most common unsafe driving acts by such drivers that can contribute to collisions:
- Driving in a truck driver’s blind spot
- Illegal maneuvers
- Texting or under the influence while driving
- Cutting off a truck
- Following too closely
It’s important to remember that multi-vehicle crashes are more likely to cause death and severe injury, and everyone on the road plays a crucial role in the safety of one another.