Commercial trucks are larger, heavier and require an extended stopping distance compared to cars. This creates the potential for trucking accidents to be more serious than accidents involving only passenger vehicles.
In 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that 4,136 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks. Only 16 percent of fatalities were truck occupants while 67 percent were passenger vehicle occupants and 15 percent were bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Of all the fatal truck accidents in 2018, 75 percent involved tractor-trailers.
Have you been injured in a trucking accident?
Have you been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, semi-truck or tractor-trailer? If so, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.
Don’t pay another medical bill out of your own pocket until you talk to one of our expert truck accident lawyers. Contact us to schedule your free consultation. You might be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages (lost earning potential)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Experience matters with trucking accident lawsuits.
Trucking accident cases are complex and require expertise and extensive knowledge regarding state and federal regulations. Truck drivers are bound by laws that don’t apply to the average licensed driver. For instance, truckers are governed by Hours of Service regulations, which limit how many hours a truck driver can work both consecutively and cumulatively within certain periods of time.
When a truck driver ignores regulations that require sleeping – and continues to drive – that truck driver is putting his or her life and other people’s lives at risk. If that truck driver causes an accident by falling asleep at the wheel, he or she should be held liable for the accident.
Why do trucking accidents happen?
While not all trucking accidents are the truck driver’s fault, many accidents are caused by truck driver negligence. For example, truck drivers have been known to:
- Fall asleep while driving
- Drive while intoxicated with alcohol
- Drive while under the influence of drugs, including prescription drugs
- Drive over the speed limit for commercial trucks to make the next stop
- Drive illegally in the fast lane
All of the above circumstances contribute greatly to the potential for an accident. Proving the above circumstances in court, in turn, contributes to the potential to receive a large settlement amount.
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident that wasn’t your fault, we’re ready to prove truck driver negligence, if that’s what caused your accident. It’s also possible that another passenger vehicle, pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist or even an animal caused the accident.
Our expert attorneys will figure out who or what is responsible for your injuries, and we’ll hold that bad actor accountable legally and financially.
Contact KR Law for a free case evaluation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact us for a free case evaluation to find out how we can help.
Our team of experienced truck accident lawyers proudly fight for our clients like they’re family.
With KR Law on your side, you don’t have to worry about anything.
We’ll handle the legal battle so you can spend time healing and connecting with your family.