What Causes Trucking Accidents?
In addition to causing almost 5,000 fatalities annually, there are almost half a million truck accidents across the United States each year, all of which have the potential to cause lasting, life-altering injuries. Due to their size and complexity, most 18-wheeler accidents occur when the massive trailer portion of the truck hits another vehicle or a pedestrian – and these incidents are almost always more dangerous for the other parties than for the truck driver.
Some of the most common causes for truck accidents in the United States:
- Ignoring traffic safety rules
- Cell phone use and other distracted driving
- Truck driver fatigue
- Failure to yield to other drivers
- Shifting weight loads
- Truck tire defects
- Failure to seek appropriate motor vehicle inspections
- Overloaded trailers
- Mechanical and brake failure
- Lack of training and monitoring for new truck drivers
Because of their potential for damage and destruction, there are many federal and state regulations that govern large trucks, big rigs, and tractor trailers of all types. For one thing, drivers must be fully-licensed and carry an active Commercial Driver’s License or CDL. For another, they must comply with federal hours of service regulations to avoid dangerous fatigue while driving. Trucking companies also have a responsibility to monitor their employees, maintain their fleet of trucks, and avoid pressuring drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines that would violate hours-of-service regulations.
Truck Accident Injuries
When the victim of a tractor-trailer accident is fortunate enough to survive, the injuries may still be devastating, ranging from paralysis to amputation. At our Midland truck accident law firm, we routinely see traumas that can take decades of medical supervision, physical therapy, and in-home care assistance to even begin to heal. These kinds of catastrophic injuries mean mounting medical bills and long-term expenses that few families have the resources to afford out-of-pocket.
Here are some of the most common truck accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Fire and burn injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia from spinal cord injuries
- Amputation and limb loss
- Loss of hearing and eyesight
- Severe internal organ damage
How The Ammons Law Firm Can Help
Between complex federal regulations and the resources available to major trucking and oilfield companies, truck accident cases can be incredibly complicated to litigate. Thus, it is critical to have an experienced attorney on your side after you’ve sustained losses in an 18-wheeler accident. By carefully investigating the accident independently of the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) and law enforcement, our skilled attorneys will work hard to ensure that the evidence is preserved – and that you have the strongest possible case for compensation.
Our investigation may include any of the following:
- Taking meticulous photographs of the crash scene, along with injuries, vehicles, and property damage
- Interviewing key witnesses in the truck accident and gathering statements
- Reviewing the full accident condition report
- Inspecting the vehicles for defects and to help recreate the accident
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