According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 400,000 reported commercial truck accidents in the United States in 2015 resulted in almost 4,000 fatalities.
Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
Commercial truckers are considered better than average drivers. But their errors, negligence, and mistakes contribute to over half of the crashes.
Some crash-related causes include the following:
Commercial trucking is an important part of the local and interstate commerce. Unfortunately, commercial trucks and buses account for many of motor vehicle collisions. You have undoubtedly seen the mangled wreckage of a passenger vehicle on the side of the road that was hit by a semi-truck.
Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks and buses can present additional hazards on the road. Truck accidents typically result in serious, long-lasting injuries to occupants in other vehicles involved. A commercial truck rear-ending a car can be devastating given the momentum of the truck.
Momentum is a product of weight and speed. An unloaded semi-truck and trailer weighs over 50,000 pounds. It does not have to be going fast to hit the rear of your car with a great deal of force to cause severe injuries and fatalities to the occupants of a car.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
A collision between a truck and a car is more likely to result in death or injury than one between two cars. It is far more treacherous to passengers in the car than in the truck. According to the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety, about 73 percent of the injuries and deaths are suffered by those in the vehicle hit by a truck.
Injuries common to victims of truck collisions include:
To be compensated, you must establish who was at fault. This involves providing evidence of who was at fault for the collision. A commercial truck accident investigation must be initiated as soon after the collision as possible. The trucking company and its insurance company will move swiftly because the stakes for them can be high depending on the severity of the injuries or if death occurred.
The investigation for the victims must be conducted by experienced construction collision attorneys who understand the sorts of evidence and liable parties not necessarily typical in other types of accidents.
There are various parties the attorney examines for liability including:
Accidents involving commercial trucks or buses can take years to resolve. Any delays – beginning with the initial investigation – can make a case even more difficult to process. If you have been in a crash with a large truck, contact the personal injury attorneys of Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm at (763) 406-7000 for a free initial consultation to learn more.