September 5, 2013

Two Semi-Trucks Involved in Freeway Accident

by Levin & Perconti

The massive size of semi-trucks makes them extremely useful for hauling freight and other materials across the country. $610 billion dollars goes into this industry every year, and these vehicles help deliver many of the goods we rely on in our day-to-day lives. However, the tremendous size and tremendous weight of semi-trucks can prove extremely dangerous in a traffic accident. 98% of all fatalities in trucking accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles, which demonstrates just how powerful these tractor-trailers really are. (Legal-Info)

Earlier this week, a collision involving two semi-trucks caused delays throughout local freeways. According to highway patrol officers, one of the trucks was parked on the shoulder of the road when the second semi struck it, causing it to roll and dislodging the fuel tank. The driver of the rolled semi was taken to a nearby medical center, but his condition is unknown at this time. Following the accident only one lane remained open while crews worked to clean up the fuel. (ABC Action News)

About 130,000 individuals are injured in commercial trucking accidents every year, and the average cost of a single large truck accident is nearly $60,000. For the more than one-hundred thousand people who are seriously injured annually, these accidents can mean taking on huge medical bills, all while losing the ability to work and produce income for themselves and their families. 90% of all trucking accidents are caused or worsened by some kind of human error, so if you have been the victim of an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, insurance costs, and damages associated with your collision. (U. S. Department of Transportation)

The ins and outs of truck accident law are sometimes difficult to navigate, so it is essential that you have an experienced legal team on your side. In one of our previous trucking accident cases, we represented the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed after their pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck. Our client and his son were both seriously injured in the crash as well. Our attorneys discovered that the defendant was under the influence while driving, and was operating an overloaded and unsafe truck. Additionally, in violation of federal regulations, the defendant truck owners had failed to perform background checks of drug screenings on their drivers prior to employment. We secured a $6.5 million settlement for the family, giving them the compensation that they needed to pay their medical bills and cover final expenses for their loved one.

Accidents can happen anywhere and to anyone, but you can rest assured knowing our lawyers will be there to help you if you need it.