Truck & Commercial Vehicle are a commanding presence on freeways because they are a main means of moving goods for business. As the number of Truck & Commercial Vehicle on the roads increase, the number of auto accidents involving Truck & Commercial Vehicle also increases.
Each year, well over 385,000 large trucks (semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other types of commercial trucks) are involved in crashes, according to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Fatal trucking accidents took the lives of 4,995 people in 2006, and accidents injured another 106,000. A truck accident is not simply an automobile accident involving larger vehicles. Not only are the vehicles (commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, construction trucks) different, but the laws governing trucks involved in interstate commerce are extremely complex. Many of these laws and regulations were passed for the express reason of protecting innocent motorists from the hazards posed by negligent truck drivers and companies.
Understanding the technicalities is essential to handling a truck accident case. Investigating the driver’s qualifications and experience is important in all truck accident cases. Many cases also turn on the truck company’s compliance with federal safety and maintenance regulations, the truck company’s failure to provide training and/or supervision of its drivers, and even possible manufacturing or design defects involving the truck itself.
The types of truck accident injuries that you or another one can suffer include the following:
Burns to head or neck
Spinal cord paralysis
Broken or dislocated bones or limbs
Loss of a limb
The experienced accident attorneys at our Law Office have the ability and know how to maximize your recovery.