When our lawyers use the term trucking accidents, we are referring to collisions between large trailers (10,000+ lbs.) and one or more other vehicles or pedestrians. Roughly 500,000 of these accidents occur each year in our country, and 5,000 of them result in fatalities. With revenues from the commercial trucking business estimated to reach roughly $1 trillion by 2015, tractor-trailers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it is essential to know what to do if you should find yourself the victim of one of these accidents.
Last Thursday, two people were killed in a three-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck. Authorities say that the two vehicles involved, a Mazda and a Dodge Charger, first collided at the intersection of 36th Street and Patterson Avenue near Kent County, before both crashing into the nearby semi. The driver of the Charger, as well as the driver of the semi-truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but both people in the Mazda were pronounced dead shortly after the accident. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department Deputy reported that the driver of the Charger may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, but an investigation is still pending. (FOX-17 News)
Because of their massive size, and also due to the fact that they are often carrying extremely heavy loads, large trucks and tractor trailers can cause extensive damage to any vehicle during an accident. Although this incident wasn’t necessarily the fault of the truck driver, it goes to show just how powerful these machines are. The victims of these accidents are often relegated to hospital beds for months at a time recovering from their injuries, with their medical bills getting higher and higher, and their savings being sucked dry.
Our lawyers have been helping clients put in this situation for years, and we know the many intricacies that characterize trucking accident lawsuits. We represent individuals injured in all different types of truck accidents, including those that result from defective products, design flaws, overloaded or unsafe trucks, as well as accidents caused by distracted, sleep deprived, or intoxicated drivers. In one such recent case, our lawyers represented the family of a young wife and mother, who was killed after her vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck driver. The defendant truck owners had failed to properly screen their drivers, and the driver was found to be under the influence at the time of the accident. Our attorneys helped the family fight the trucking company, and were able to reach a $6.5 million settlement in their favor.
If you have been the victim of a trucking accident, it is common to feel like you have no where to turn, but our lawyers will ensure that you are not penalized for the reckless or negligent actions of another person, and we will hold those responsible accountable.