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Truck accidents can be devastating and catastrophic, often leaving the victims severely injured. If you or someone you know has been injured or wrongfully killed in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team of award-winning truck accident lawyers at Farahi Law Firm. We are committed to helping you settle your claims and give you the highest amount of compensation you deserve.
Because of their larger than average size and mass, accidents involving trucks are more likely to inflict severe wounds to the victim than other passenger-vehicle accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about 4,136 people died of truck accidents in 2018, with 66% of the fatalities being occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. Truck drivers accounted for only 16% and the last 15% were pedestrians, bicycle, and motorcycle drivers. The number of fatalities due to truck accidents has been increasing every year, by 2018 it has increased by 51% since 2009.
Truck Accident Facts:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has compiled statistics that will help you better understand the key facts about trucking accidents:
- Most of the fatal accidents that involved large trucks occur in rural areasand interstate highways.
- 83% of fatal accidents that involved these types of vehicles occur between Monday and Fridayand only 36% happen at night within 6:00 pm and 6:00 am
- Collisions with trucks are the leading causes of injuries (84%)and property damage (76%)
- A dump truckis the main cause in 4% of all fatal accidents and 2% in the not fatal
- In 2018, 30% of fatal accidents happened in work zonesand 10% of the injuries that occurred in these areas were related to large trucks.
- In 2018, there were 5 large truck fatal accidentsper million people in the United States, a significant increase of 27% compared to 2010.
- In 2018, an average of 1.12 people died in accidents that involved large trucks. In 90% of these cases, there is at least one fatality. Moreover, in most of these cases, the victim was not a truck passenger.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are diverse causes as to why trucks are part of two or more vehicle accidents while on the road. Even if it is expected of truck drivers to be more educated in terms of defensive driving as well as requiring special licenses to be able to hit the road, according to Truth about Trucking here are the most common causes for tractor-trailer accidents in the US:
- Fatigue: Truckers spend most of their time on the road, with many opting to drive overnight or even go more than 24 hours without sleep instead of taking proper rest. Which while it is understandable because of the tight deadlines they sometimes have for their deliveries they put other motorists at risk. As with every vehicle under the sun, driving in a fatigued state can lead to microsleeps (when your body shuts down without you realizing it because of lack of sleep and general fatigue) while on the wheel. These 30 seconds to 1-minute shutdowns that the body suffers can lead to serious accidents.
- Driving under the influence: Alcohol and drug use is a prominent problem for truck drivers. Some of them take both non-medical and over the counter drugs while stopping through towns in addition to alcohol. But it is also common for truck drivers to carry these substances while on the road. Driving under the influence impairs judgments and lessens your reaction skills, putting other drivers at risk.
- Driving on unfamiliar roads: Sometimes, truck drivers are forced to trek through unfamiliar places. Not knowing the road, coupled with other causes like the ones mentioned before can lead to fatal accidents for your average motorist.
- Excessive speed: Going over the speed is one of the most common causes of accidents with all types of vehicles. Even more so with trucks, because of their size, their mass is multiplied exponentially the faster they go. An accident with a speeding truck most of the time is fatal for other vehicles involved while the trucker and their machine can come out unscathed thanks to their size, mass, and overall manufacturing.
Most Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
The injuries that you can sustain after being involved in an accident with a truck can vary depending on the type of truck and the severity of the collision. However, some of the most recurrent injuries are:
- Head Injury: They could go from bruises to traumatic brain injuries.
- Back and Neck Injuries:At least 3 million Americans suffered whiplash injuries, as a result of a truck accident.
- Spinal Cord Injuries:An injury in this region can cause partial or complete paralysis, either temporarily or permanently.
- Burns:These types of injuries are more frequent when the vehicular incident occurs against a tank truck since its load tends to serve as fuel for a fire to quickly spread. Burns to varying degrees and disfigurement are always a possibility.
- Amputation:These can happen in the scene of the impact or they could be the result of a crushing injury.
- Internal injuries:Despite airbags being designed to protect passengers at the moment of impact, the opening force of this device may cause some injuries in the abdominal organs or a fracture on the ribs.
- Fractures and/or broken bones. It is not rare that those who have been involved in an accident with a truck suffer from broken bones because of the force of impact.
Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?
As with any other motor vehicle accident, determining who is at fault is not an easy task if one wants to file their claim without representation. An experienced truck accident attorney will help you with the proper investigation to get you the restitution you deserve and will not fall prey to intimidation practices used by insurance companies and the party at fault. The parties that according to California law can be held liable are:
- Truck Driver: If the driver’s negligence for whatever reason caused the crash, you can pursue legal action against the truck driver. Common causes of driver irresponsibility include driving under the influence, fatigue, and speeding.
- Trucking Company: The trucking company can be held liable if there’s proof of negligent hiring of the drivers, faulty maintenance of the vehicle or if they broke federal laws and regulations.
- Truck Manufacturer: Whenever there are malfunctions like brake failure, faulty steering systems, or defective hitches, the truck manufacturer can be held responsible for causing the crash due to shoddy manufacturing and should pay for the victim’s damages.
- Cargo Loaders: Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo will greatly impair the capacity of a driver to retain control of the vehicle and increase the likelihood of a jackknife or rollover crash. The cargo company may be at fault in such situations.
- Truck Owner: When the trucking company does not own the truck but is leasing it and providing a trucker with the vehicle, the owner may be held responsible in a trucking accident.
What Can You Be Compensated For?
When involved in a trucking accident it is in your best interest to be represented by an expert team of truck accident attorneys to recover as much restitution possible for your claim. At Farahi Law Firm we will fight to get you compensation for:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Additional expenses caused by the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
Get in Touch with Farahi Law Firm
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact us. Our truck accident lawyers at Farahi Law Firm are the most experienced in San Pedro, California. We are available 24/7 and will fight to the best of our capabilities to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (310) 744-8015 for a free evaluation of your case. You don’t pay a cent until we WIN!
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