Truck and Commercial Vehicle Injury

 

Truck - Trailer Crash Accidents

It is usually obvious from truck accident wreckage that someone died or suffered serious injury. Responsibility for the collision is not always so clear cut. If your loved one was injured in a truck crash, justice may depend on hiring a law firm with specific experience in these complex cases.

Bush, Motto, Creen, Koury & Halligan will coordinate a prompt and sophisticated investigation to counter the parallel investigation conducted by the truck driver's employer and its insurance carrier.

Truck accidents can be caused by any number of human and non-human factors. Interestingly, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports that nearly 90 percent of truck crashes are caused by people's negligence, recklessness or carelessness, examples of which include:

  • Being distracted and not focusing on the road
  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving while fatigued (Research shows that driver's fatigue can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving without the proper training
  • Failing to properly secure cargo loads
  • Violating traffic laws

Non-human factors that can cause truck collisions include:

  • Animals or debris in the road
  • Bad weather
  • Defective vehicle equipment
  • Poor signage, lighting and general road conditions
  • Poor visibility

Non-human factors that can cause truck collisions include:

  • Animals or debris in the road
  • Bad weather
  • Defective vehicle equipment
  • Poor signage, lighting and general road conditions
  • Poor visibility

Statistics Regarding Truck Accident Causes

Each year in the U.S., truck accidents cause 5,000 fatalities and 130,000 injuries, costing the public more than $20 billion in medical bills, property damage and lost wages. According to the USDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • About 75 percent of all trucking accidents are caused by the drivers of smaller passenger vehicle cars, rather than the truck driver
  • Nearly 30 percent of all truck crashes are caused by driver fatigue
  • While truck driver intoxication is only responsible for 1 percent of fatal truck accidents, intoxication of a passenger vehicle driver causes as much as 22 percent of all traffic accidents
  • Approximately 14 percent of all fatal truck accidents were caused by vehicle rollovers

Injuries Caused by Truck Collisions

Factors such as the point of impact, the speed and weight of the vehicles, and whether seat belts were being worn will all influence the severity of injuries (and deaths) that occur in a truck crash. Although no injuries occur in nearly 70 percent of trucking accidents (only property is damaged), when they do occur, truck wreck injuries may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruising, lacerations and
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of vision, hearing or sensation
  •  Paralysis
  • Permanent scarring or disabilities
  • Spine or Neck injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, or you if you lost a loved one to a truck crash, you can learn more about your legal rights and get a thorough evaluation of your  case by hiring us.

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