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Truck accidents can be scary and often catastrophic. It’s extremely common for victims to be severy injured or wrongfully killed. 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 care about you!
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, 51% more than in 2009. Of these deaths, 67% were passengers of other types of vehicles. Truck drivers accounted only for 16% of the fatalities that come from truck accidents
- 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
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fractures and/or broken bones
Some key findings by the National Highway Traffic Security Administration (NHTSA) will help us understand better how trucks behave and how accidents happen:
- In 2017 about 450,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks were reported.
- About 57% of the fatal crashes involving large trucks happened in rural areas, 27% happened on highways of Interstate.
- 35% of fatal crashes, and 22% of injury crashes, involving large trucks happened at night (6:00 pm to 6:00 am).
- In the United States, there were 13.0 fatal large truck accidents per million people in 2017, a rise of 23 percent from 10.6 in 2010.
- In 2018, 67% of people killed in large truck collisions were occupants of other vehicles.
- The overwhelming majority of crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays in 2018 (Monday through Friday).
- In 2017, 21.3% of large-truck drivers involved in fatal traffic crashes were previously convicted for speeding.
- Compared to drivers of other vehicle types, truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had a higher percentage of previously recorded crashes in 2018.
- California reported the second-highest number of large truck occupants fatalities.
- In 2018, 8% of fatal crashes in California involved large trucks.
Who is Liable in a
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
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