A Truck is a motor vehicle for transporting goods. By definition, a large truck is any truck that weighs over 10,000 pounds, and crashes involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious personal injury and wrongful death because of their shear weight and large size.
By nature, trucks are massive and hard to maneuver, which can make for dangerous conditions while driving. Truck accidents in the US take a huge toll on many aspects of human life, including financial hardship, physical injuries or death, and emotional devastation.
Trucking is now the leading transporter of goods in the country and is expected to expand in the coming years. While expansion of commercial trucks is good news for the trucking companies and the nation’s economy, it is bad news for cars, vans, SUVs and pedestrians sharing the road with these potentially lethal giants.
Statistically, trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the highways and roads today. As the number of trucks on the roads increase, more and more drivers are at risk. In fact, one out of nine deaths caused by accidents involves at least one truck. About 5,000 trucks are involved in fatal accidents every year. Approximately every 16 minutes a person is killed or injured in a truck accident. From 1992 to 2006, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 10% due to driver fatigue, unsafe vehicle operation, large unstable loads or defective equipment. 500,000 truck accidents occur every year in the U.S.
The unique danger posed by truck accidents can be made worse depending on the nature of the goods the truck is carrying. For instance, if hazardous or flammable materials are onboard, secondary injuries attributable to such dangerous cargo can result, including burns and respiratory injuries.
When truck accidents do occur, trucking companies involved in the accident often immediately send their representatives to the site of the accident. These agents attempt to handle everything at the accident site in an effort to mitigate their company’s liability. These company representatives know the ideal time to confront an accident victim is immediately following the event.
Unfortunately, the victim and their families often struggle alone through the difficult after-effects of a truck accident. There are problems related to medical expenses, income loss, property damage, and emotional trauma. Victims and their families face difficult times getting adequate compensation from the insurance companies and truck companies.
We at Truck Accident Legal Center want to stand with you in such difficult times. With our expert and experienced truck accident attorneys, victims can have control and participate in ensuring their rights and interests are protected. Contact our expert Attorneys for a free consultation via the online accident evaluation form or by calling the toll free number.