In 2000, large trucks accounted for 4 percent of all registered vehicles and 7 percent of total vehicle miles traveled. In 2001, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes.
One out of eight traffic fatalities in 2001 resulted from a collision involving a large truck. Drivers of large trucks were less likely to have a previous license suspension or revocation than were passenger car drivers. Almost 30 percent of all large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2001 had at least one prior speeding conviction, compared to 20 percent of the passenger car drivers involved in fatal crashes.
When you are involved in an accident, The investigator or adjuster from the other sides insurance company may be very pleasant, appear to be concerned. But always remember his or her job is to protect the insurance company, to find a reason NOT to pay you, or if they must, to make sure you receive as little as the insurance company can possibly get away with, and ideally, to try to “close the books” on the incident. Our experienced attorneys can help you avoid making this costly mistake.
In 2018 alone, there were 4,415 fatalities caused by trucking accidents, and 107,000 injuries. This does not take into account the property damage that can occur when a large vehicle crashes on either a highway or in a residential neighborhood.
These statistics can be frightening, and they are a testament to the need for drivers to be cautious and aware of their surroundings; however, if you are a victim of a trucking accident, please seek a personal injury attorney to assist you in your case. There are things you can do to ensure that you are compensated for your any physical damage or property damage.
What can I expect legally if I’m involved in a large vehicle accident?
When a truck driver is involved in a crash, the driver or their affiliated trucking company will likely hire an investigator or adjuster. This investigator or adjuster may be very pleasant, and appear to be concerned. But always remember his or her job is to protect the insurance company, and find a reason NOT to pay you. Their goal will be to complete the process as quickly as possible, and retain income for their client.
It will be in the insurance company’s best interest to get you to settle without ever going to court. Make sure that you do not sign anything before consulting with a lawyer.
What compensation should I expect in a lawsuit?
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, we will do our best to ensure you receive compensatory damages for any of the following
- Medical bills
- Hospital visits
- Ambulance fees
- Prescription drugs
- Medical supplies
- Auto repairs
- Lost wages
- Potential medical treatment
- Court costs
We look forward to hearing from you.