Nearly 500,000 accidents involving large trucks (also called 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer rigs) occur every year in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you are in a passenger car and you collide with a truck, the consequences are usually catastrophic.
Truck accidents claim almost 5,000 lives annually in the United States. At Abramson & O’Connell, LLC, our Ohio truck accident lawyers understand the huge toll a serious truck accident can take on a victim’s life. If you’d like to discuss your case, we’re here to listen. Simply schedule a no-cost truck accident telephone consultation today.
The Big Deal About Truck Accidents
The reason truck accidents are often so serious has everything to do with the size of these large vehicles. Semi-trucks can easily weigh anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 pounds and can measure 75 feet in length. It takes far longer for a large truck to come to a complete stop. There can be significant blind spots on both sides of a truck as well as the front and back of the vehicle.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Two factors that have been reported with truck accidents are: 1) driver fatigue from spending too many hours behind the wheel in an attempt to meet unrealistic schedules and 2) equipment failure from poor truck maintenance.
Other causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver using alcohol or drugs
- Overloaded trucks
- Overweight trucks
- Imbalanced load on trucks
- Inexperienced or untrained driver
- Truck design or manufacturing defects
- Poor roadway maintenance or engineering
- Reckless and aggressive driving
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents are not simply larger-scale motor vehicle accidents. There are specific federal and state laws that govern the trucking industry. These laws not only regulate the conduct of truck drivers, they can also affect the amount and availability of insurance.
If you are injured in an accident with a large truck, it is crucial that you consult a personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in trucking accident law.