Truck accidents involving 18 wheelers, semi-trucks, and other commercial vehicles tend to be particularly damaging and costly due to the sheer physics of these collisions. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities attributed to trucking accidents is on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2018, 4,678 people died in collisions with large trucks. Less than 20% of those who lose their lives are the truck occupants themselves.
If you or your loved one survive such an accident, you may be in considerable pain, unable to work indefinitely, and burdened by egregiously expensive medical bills. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you receive fair compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain, and other losses.
What You Need to Know About Semi-Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the NHTSA, truck accidents can be the result of a number of factors including:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Failing to stop at a traffic control device or crosswalk
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Depending on the situation, liability has the potential to fall on the driver of the truck, the mechanic tasked with working on the vehicle, or the owner of the trucking business. If the owner is guilty of negligent training or hiring, he or she has failed to adequately prepare the driver in question to transport thousands of pounds of cargo in a truly safe manner. Furthermore, if the road or highway where the accident occurred was not properly maintained, it might be possible to prove governmental liability.