You have likely experienced the panic or seeing the approaching grill of a massive 18-wheeler barreling down the highway trying to encourage you to drive faster or move to the right. Large, commercial trucks are huge, commercial vehicles that must share the public highways with much smaller, infinitely nimbler passenger vehicles. Sometimes, when a massive truck and a small passenger vehicle collide, it can create a disaster of injuries and fatalities.
4,657 large trucks were involved in fatal truck crashes with 4,761 fatalities, which is an increase of 9% from the previous year.
In Alabama, there were 9,351 truck accidents with 2,563 injuries and 101 fatalities. The Alabama Department of Transportation defines a truck as delivery truck, 18-wheeler, tow truck, dually, or work truck and does not include buses.
Top ten primary causes of truck crashes in Alabama:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is the federal agency responsible to truck safety and enforcing federal trucking regulations, conducted a study about truck accidents called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. They analyzed the various critical events which caused a truck crash including:
When the researchers studied the 1,123 traffic crashes with large truck involved, about 55% of the causes of the crashes were assigned to large trucks while 44% were assigned to a passenger vehicle. Other factors that contributed to causing truck accidents included:
You might think that truck accidents and are accidents would be dealt with in the same way because they both involve vehicles that have crashed into each other on the highway and may have caused injuries or even fatalities. But there are some significant differences, and that is why it is important that you work with a Mobile truck accident attorney who understands the challenges of investigating a commercial truck accident and how to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries and other losses.
1. Size does matter when it comes to motor vehicle accidents
Large commercial trucks can be twenty times larger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle. A truck that size has a much longer stopping distance, they are more difficult to maneuver and if a large truck has defective equipment such as brakes or steering components, it can cause a lot of damage.
2. Injuries can be more severe in a truck accident
When a massive tractor-trailer which can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds or more collides with a smaller passenger vehicle that might weigh three or four thousand pounds can cause catastrophic injuries and death. Serious, life-threatening injuries from a truck wreck might include:
3. Higher medical expenses
When you have serious injuries, you have high medical bills. If a person emerges from a truck accident with catastrophic injuries that will require ongoing medical care, the person may be left partially or completely disabled. All these factors will have an impact on the amount of compensation a truck accident victim might recover.
4. Larger and more than one insurance policies
Those 18-wheelers rumbling down the highway have the potential to do a lot of damage, so commercial trucking companies must have higher liability limits on their insurance policies to cover the damage they can do. Additionally, if the accident had more than one cause, for example, if a truck driver was texting on his or her phone and they looked up to see that they were getting ready to collide with the vehicle in front which had slowed down unexpectedly. If, when the driver tried to apply the brakes, but a defect prevented them from engaging properly, there are now more than one causes of the accident, so another defendant and their insurance policy will become involved in the case.
5. Would benefit from the services of a lawyer with truck accident experience
With the larger settlements that are possible, dealing with multiple insurance companies, there are federal and local regulations to deal with, multiple defendants and many other factors depending on the facts of the case. You need an experienced truck accident lawyer who has handled a complex truck wreck investigation before. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, the Mezrano Law Firm is ready to help you.
Truck accident lawyers like most personal injury attorneys take cases on contingency. This means that instead of paying a large retainer up front, your lawyer will take your case and receive payment for their attorney fees as a percentage of the total settlement or verdict. When you have your initial consultation to discuss your truck accident case, your lawyer will discuss the percentage amount, along with all the other details pertaining to your case.
Now you can get experienced representation for your truck accident injury case without the need to pay for it up front. At Mezrano Law Firm, we are here to help you recover the compensation you need to move ahead with your life. Schedule a no-obligation consultation so that we can discuss your case and offer you individualized legal guidance on next steps.
Have you been injured in a truck accident with a tractor-trailer? At Mezrano Law Firm, we are here to fight for your right to fair compensation. Our experienced truck accident lawyers represent clients throughout the state. Please feel free to call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form and schedule your free initial consultation with a Mobile personal injury lawyer today.
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