Tractor Trailer Wreck Injury Lawsuits
A high percentage of traffic crashes and deaths involve large trucks. A large truck is any truck whose vehicle weight is over 10,000 pounds. Because of their size, crashes involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious injury and death than car crashes. Approximately 10% of all those injured in a large truck crash will die, and large trucks are more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle crashes than passenger cars. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,317 fatalities in large truck accidents, 83% of which were in other vehicles or non-occupants of the large truck.
Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Both federal and state regulations govern trucking and cover areas such as safety of equipment and hours of the drivers. Trucking companies are required to keep records of such information, and it will be necessary to find and research such records. Poor equipment and driver fatigue can be causes of crashes, and a careful study of the trucking company records may be needed to determine if negligence has occurred. Some types of negligence that can cause a large truck accident include:
- Driver on Drugs
- Driver Fatigue
- DUI Truck Accidents
- Load Shifting or Falling
- Negligent or Dangerous Driving
- Overloaded Trucks
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, contact Conley Griggs Partin LLP today. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. This means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.