Trucks are a common sight on our countryâ€™s highways and interstates. These vehicles are an important part of our economy, carrying goods from one place to another. According to the Department of Transportation, the volume of goods moved by trucks is expected to be 50% greater between 2014 and 2015. Although they are a necessary, these large vehicles on our roadways can pose a risk to other drivers.
The many potential types of truck accidents can be devastating. Due to theÂ sheer size of these vehicles alone they can cause considerable property damage and inflict catastrophic injury on victims.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, the attorneys at Fried Rogers Goldberg are here to help. We have extensive experience representing victims of trucking accidents, and a proven track record of delivering just verdicts to clients. AÂ thorough understanding of the complex laws and regulations relating to the trucking industry gives us a valuable edge. Our team willÂ aggressively pursue the party at fault to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. To find out how we can help you recover, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Truck Accident Statistics & Facts
Despite trucking regulations, truck accidents happen all too often on our nationâ€™s roadways. The 2013 figures below from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration demonstrate just how frequent these accidents really are:
- There were 327,000 large trucks accidents reported to police
- 21% of large accidents (66,000) involved nonfatal injuries
- 1% of all large truck accidents (3,541) involved at least one fatality
- There were 11.2 fatal truck crashes per million people in the U.S. in 2013, representing a 6 % increase from 2010.
- 28% of work zone fatal crashes and 11% of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck.
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Trucks Pose Unique Accident Risks
There are many types of commercial trucks, each designed to perform a specific task. The most common large truck types, and the risk they pose to drivers, include:
Dump & Garbage Trunks
The load in the back of a dump trunk can consist of gravel, sand, dirt, and other materials for a construction site. Similarly, garbage trucks can have any number of disposed items in their load. Both dump and garbage trucks usually have large blind spots. Operating these trucks requires specific training. Even when drivers are appropriately trained, these vehicles can be dangerous to the public at large. Dump and garbage trucks often operate in residential areas, coming into contact with pedestrians, bicyclists, and family cars.
These trucks are also known as â€śsemi-trailers,â€ť â€śbig rigs,â€ť or â€ś18-wheelers.â€ť They can be found on just about every major road and freeway in our country. Tractor trailers are designed to haul cargo. In fact, these vehicles carry at least three-quarters of all shipped cargo in our country. They have considerable blind spots, and a high center of gravity that makes them prone to rolling over. This, combined with the fact that many big rig drivers are behind the wheel for long stretches of time, can make them dangerous to other drivers.
A tanker truck hauls liquids or gases, many of which are classified hazardous materials. Due to their size and shape, large tankers are prone to rollovers. This can be extremely dangerous if the hauled liquid or gas is flammable, or if toxic substances fumes are released.
Flatbeds have a long open trailer, making it easy for loading and unloading cargo. Flatbed trucking accidents are often involve improperly secured cargo that becomes dislodged from the truck.
Usually run by private operators, these larger vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds account for a majority of accidents. Whatâ€™s more, companies often have inadequately trained drivers operating the vehicles. Further, tow trucks can pose a risk to vehicles they pass on the highways and residential streets.
Types of Truck Accidents
Regardless of the specific circumstances, an accident with a large truck is frightening. In addition the many potential types of trucking accidents can be caused by a number of different factors. Below are some of the most common types of truck accidents:
When a driver slams on his breaks, it can cause the truck to jackknife. This is when the trailer skids outward, creating a 90-degree angle to the front part of the truckâ€™s cab.
If the driver looses control of the vehicle, the truck can slide and roll over onto its side.
A tire blowout can happen with any vehicle. When it happens to large trucks, the results can be disastrous to nearby cars.
Also known as â€śswinging turnâ€ť crashes, this is when the truck driver swings left to make a right turn. The truck can collide with cars to their right, squeezing them between the truck and the sidewalk.
The blind spots in commercial truck can be significant, so much so that they have a name: â€śNo Manâ€™s Land.â€ť When a driver cannot see other vehicles while changing lanes, the truck may collide with nearby vehicles.
Due to the weight of a large truck, rear-end accidents can cause serious property damage and injury.
When a truck stops quickly, smaller vehicles approaching quickly behind the truck can get lodged under the truckâ€™s trailer. As a result these accidents areÂ some of the deadliest trucking accidents.
If cargo is not properly loaded and secured, it can fall from the commercial truck. Consequently, falling cargoÂ can cause extreme danger to nearby motorists and cause terrible accidents.
A careless commercial truck driver may cause a head-on collision with another vehicle. As a result of the truckers carelessness victims often endure devastating, and even fatal, injuries.
When a truck driver does not change lanes properly, the truck can hit another vehicleâ€™s side.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Hundreds of commercial trucks cross our roadways everyday. Unfortunately, a fraction will be involved in serious accidents. Truck accidents result from a variety of factors, including harsh weather or poor road conditions. If the driver is at fault, itâ€™s considered negligence. Causes of negligent trucking accidents can involve:
- Inadequate driver training
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inattention
- Not obeying road rules
- Improper turning
- Insufficient vehicle maintenance
- Use of alcohol or drugs
A Complex Area of the Law
The commercial trucking industry is regulated by a detailed set of federal and state laws. Trucking regulations cover issues concerning vehicles, their drivers, and commercial trucking company operations. To represent you fairly, it is crucial that your trucking accident attorney understands this network of laws and regulations. There are a number of factors that could swing a case in your favor, which your lawyer should be looking out for. For example, weight restriction violations, or driving beyond a set time frame can all be in the plaintiffâ€™s favor.
Victims injured in trucking accidents who are not represented by a knowledgeable attorney take a big risk. Corporate insurers do everything they can to win in court, or avoid paying out a claim. You need experienced representation to go up against companies and insurance carriers with deep pockets and resources. A competent law firm can make all the difference in receiving the compensation you deserve. To minimize risk, chose a firm that specializes in truck accidents, like Fried Goldberg and Rogers.
The Fried Rogers Goldberg Difference
At Fried Rogers Goldberg, weâ€™re well versed in trucking accidents. At least 75% of our case load is dedicated to representing victims of trucking accidents.Â Equally important ourÂ experience in this complex area of law helps us to win big cases and settlements. We want to help you heal both physically and financially. We are committed to giving clients the resources they need to get on with their lives, by provide personal, compassionate representation.
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