Protecting your rights if you are involved in a truck accident.
Commercial vehicles, such as delivery trucks, tractor-trailers and semi-trucks, pose serious and unique dangers on the road. Because of the large size and weight of trucks, an otherwise low impact accident can result in debilitating injuries or wrongful death of drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles.
The drivers of large commercial vehicles must exercise the utmost care when operating their vehicle. They deal with unique dangers when driving such large vehicles, such as stopping quickly and steering through difficult roads and driving conditions. Often they are also caring heavy, hazardous materials which can add to the dangerous conditions. There are many unique scenarios and issues that can cause an accident and these are serious factors that deserve diligent attention.
Consider that a fully loaded, 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, compared to an average automobile weight which is 3,000 pounds. Due to the difference in weight and the additional limitation involved in driving a larger vehicle, the results can be devastating.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 276,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents in 2010, resulting on over 3,700 fatalities and 80,000 injuries. These numbers continue to increase.
Truck accidents involving large commercial vehicles are different from those involving standard automobiles. Attorneys involved must have a specific knowledge of Federal and State laws involved with handling these vehicles. These are serious cases that need skilled attorneys who understand the industry changes as well as the rules and regulations associated to the industry.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a truck accident, contact Jeeves Law Group for a free case evaluation.