In a 2011 report released by the U.S Dept of Transportation, it was noted that more than 88,000 people were injured on our roads in accidents that involved a large truck or semi-trailer, with almost 3,800 of those accident victims being fatally injured. It’s worth noting that despite tractor trailers only amounting to 3% of the total number of vehicles registered on our roads, these large trucks (generally 20-30 times larger than most passenger-type vehicles) are involved in approximately 9% of all fatal road accidents. A contributing factor to this high fatality rate is simply due to the enormous forces of impact that are often involved in most big rig collisions, which not only affect the lives of those involved in the accident – but also their friends, families and other dependents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident that was caused by another driver, the injury victim may be eligible for compensation for any damages caused. These damages may include medical and outpatient treatment costs, medication expenses, pain and suffering, psychological damage and any other charges associated with the recovery of the victim.
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Types of Trucks
In an effort to meet specific demands in the private sector, truck designers and manufacturers have created a variety of models to suit these needs. Some of these are:
- Semi trailers (18 wheelers, “B” double, big rig)
- Cargo delivery vehicles (FEDEX, UPS, USPS)
- Fire Engines
- Waste collectors
- Dump trucks
- Flat beds
- Armored vehicles
- Mobile food trucks
…. Just to name a few. It’s important to note that despite safety equipment and other accident avoidance technologies being added to some of these designs, many of these vehicles still use suspension and braking systems that were designed more than 25 years ago.
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Collisions
While there can be many contributing factors that can cause a truck accident, due to the vast amount of collision data that has been collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are some specific causes of accidents that occur repeatedly year after year. Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Driver fatigue
- DUI / DWI
- Incorrectly secured cargo
- Load shift
- Inadequate driver skill
- Bad weather
Unfortunately, many drivers are under tight delivery deadlines and as a result, they often push themselves to the point of exhaustion in order to keep their delivery schedules on time. The result of this is reduced reaction times and a lack of peripheral awareness – which can be similar to the actions displayed by an intoxicated driver.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Due to the number of hours that most commercial vehicles spend on the roads, the chances of these types of vehicles being involved in a serious auto accident are much higher when compared to a car, motorcycle or other motor vehicle. Some of the most common types of truck accidents can include:
- Jack knife
- Rear end
- Head on
- Under ride
- Runaway trailer
- Side impact
Despite bad road and weather conditions occasionally contributing to these crashes, in most cases once a truck or its trailer loses control, they are very difficult to stop without causing catastrophic damage.
Occupant and Motorist Injuries
With many serious truck accidents taking place on our highways, the increased speeds can often result in serious – and occasionally fatal – injuries for those involved in a collision. Some of the most common passenger, driver and motorist injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
- Dental damage
- Rib and torso damage
- Joint dislocation
…. Amongst many others. As with any serious injury, its paramount that the victim seeks urgent medical attention to ensure that any damages can be addressed and treated quickly by a licensed physician.
Accident Victim? Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers Today
The trauma that many injury victims can face after a serious accident can be crushing for not only the individual, but also their family and loved ones. Extensive medical and rehabilitation costs along with lost wages and other expenses can leave many people wondering what to do next. With that in mind, at the law offices of Arguello, Hope and Associates, we have a strongly held belief that negligent drivers must be held responsible for their actions and will fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation. Our head office located in Houston TX and we proudly provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout the U.S including:
…. And most other cities and towns that are close to these areas. To find out how we can help fight for your injury compensation, contact us today at 1-888-CLAIM-68 (1-888-252-4668) and you will be quickly connected to one of our attorneys that is best suited to handling your specific truck accident injury case.
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