Each year, thousands of people across the United States are killed and more than 100,000 are injured in commercial truck accidents. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of fatal large truck crashes in Massachusetts increased by 26%.
In a collision with a large truck or other heavy commercial vehicle, a passenger car or light truck is at an obvious disadvantage. In large part due to the size and weight of a commercial truck, occupants of other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are more likely to be killed or injured in a commercial truck accident than occupants of the truck. In fact, truck drivers and other occupants of the truck account for only about one in five truck accident fatalities and one in four truck accident injuries.
The larger size and weight of trucks and many other commercial vehicles can make accidents more likely, as well. Taller vehicles are more significantly impacted by high winds and more likely to tip. Semi-trucks and tankers have a larger turning radius than smaller vehicles, and visibility may be decreased. And, of course, larger and heavier vehicles are more difficult to maneuver and take longer to stop.
Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study was published more than a decade ago, but is still considered the most in-depth information available regarding the most common causes of commercial trucking accidents. Most of the frequent contributing factors listed involve failures of the driver. These include:
· The truck driver making an illegal maneuver
· Inadequate surveillance
· Driving too fast for conditions
· Following too close
· Misjudging the distance between vehicles or speed of another vehicle
· External distractions
The most common equipment-related cause is brake failure. Overweight vehicles are also a frequent crash factor.
Whether the driver was negligent, the vehicle was poorly maintained, or the truck was loaded beyond the safe limit, those injured in a commercial truck accident may be entitled to compensation. However, commercial trucking accident cases can be complicated.
Complications in Large Truck Accident Cases
An experienced personal injury attorney is generally beneficial to anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident. However, if you’ve been injured in a Massachusetts truck accident or have lost a loved one to an accident involving a commercial vehicle, speaking with an attorney is all the more important.
Commercial truck accident cases are often much more complicated than other motor vehicle accident cases for a variety of reasons, such as:
· While most car accident cases are governed by state law, commercial trucking accident cases often involve a combination of state and federal laws
· Determining who is legally responsible for the accident may be difficult, since the truck driver, the owner of the vehicle, and the employer or contractor may be different people or companies
· The nature of the trucking industry requires that repairs be made quickly and the vehicle put back out on the road, meaning that evidence may be lost if it is not preserved quickly
Work with an Experienced Massachusetts Truck Accident Lawyer
Most people don’t have the time, experience, or inclination to thoroughly educate themselves about the technical, substantive, and procedural issues associated with a commercial truck accident. In addition, et
An experienced local truck accident attorney will know how to identify and work with the best available expert for your particular case, to take action to preserve evidence, and to sort out the often complicated interplay between state and federal law.
If you’ve been injured in a large truck accident or have lost a loved one to a commercial motor vehicle crash, schedule a free consultation right now. Attorney Kevin J. Broderick will listen to your story, review the evidence available, and explain your rights and options.
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