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. These vehicles help deliver many of the goods we rely on in our day-to-day lives, but their tremendous size also makes them extremely dangerous in the event of an accident. Roughly 98% of all fatalities in trucking accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles, which demonstrates just how powerful these tractor-trailers can be. (Legal-Info)
Truck drivers have a tough job. They are often asked to spend many hours behind the wheel, traveling hundreds of miles across the United States in a given day. In the trucking industry, time is money, and this leads many companies to push their drivers and trucks to the limits of safety and beyond in the name of profit. The sad truth is that far too many trucking accident injuries occur because of negligence, and many could be avoided by simply using necessary caution.
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 that failed to use proper caution. Our client and his son were both seriously injured in the crash as well. Our attorneys were able to prove 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 were able to secure a $6.5 million settlement for the family, giving them the money 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.