Every 16 minutes a truck accident happens according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Truck drivers are sleep deprived, tired, and constantly on the rush to meet strict deadlines, often disregarding the safety of others on the road. In one incident involving a box truck, the truck driving along Lynn Shore in Massachusetts suddenly swerved and struck a parked sedan with a passenger inside it. The sedan was then forcibly pushed down an embankment and into a seawall, injuring the passenger in the process. In another incident, a young 14-month old boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck during a party in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
Truck crashes, accidents, and collisions may involve 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor trailers, semi-trailers, or other commercial vehicles. A collision with a vehicle that could weigh well over 60,000lbs is a serious matter. About one out of every eight motor-vehicle accident fatality involves trucks. Fatal trucking accidents increased by 20% between 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, injuries from such crashes have increased by an alarming 55%. Car drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are at a disadvantage in collisions with big-rigs. 77% of those injured in a truck accident are in the passenger vehicle as opposed to the large truck, and 88% of those killed are also in the passenger vehicle. Truck accidents could lead to the loss of loved ones, and or permanent bodily and emotional injuries that would require life-long medical care.
Truck accident cases are unique and particularly difficult to litigate without professional personal injury attorneys experienced in vehicle accident cases. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers traveling between state lines may be operating under multiple state and federal regulations that guide the weight of their haul, the distance drivers could travel without resting, licensing requirements, insurance minimums, quality control in manufacturing and repairs, and more. Other unique aspects include determining who is at fault for a collision (it may be the truck driver, the driver’s employer, or even the company that contracted the driver), time sensitivity of a case, as well as the dynamics of the collision. Time is especially important in an accident involving a truck. An experienced attorney would know to help you investigate the scene of the accident as soon as possible to collect evidence before it becomes compromised or destroyed. Common causes of trucking accidents include but are not limited to:
- Truck Driver Fatigue.
- Distraction (use of cell phone, texting, excessively loud radio).
- Driving at an Excessive Speed.
- Poor Truck Maintenance.
- Poor Truck Driver Training.
- Unsafe Truck Driving Practices.
- Poor Weather Conditions.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to representing victims of trucking accidents because we understand the difficulties they face. Our attorneys have represented numerous personal injury cases over the years and are confident we can help you get what you deserve. If you or a loved one was injured by the negligent operation of a truck, you or the loved one may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Expenses.
- Rehabilitation Expenses.
- Lost Wages.
- Pain & Suffering.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable vehicle accident attorneys are ready to fight for your rights. Our goal is to obtain justice for our clients and their loved ones. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Mitcheson & Lee at 617-933-3880.