Trucking Accidents

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2016 there were 4,079 fatal commercial truck accidents nationwide that resulted in 4,564 deaths. That same year, large commercial trucks were involved in 119,000 accidents that resulted in injury with 180,000 people hurt. At Williams Iagmin, LLP we understand the pain our clients are going through, and we have years of experience defending their claims for compensation after truck accidents.

Causes of Trucking Accidents

Because large commercial trucks weigh so much more than the traditional passenger vehicle and are often carrying heavy cargo, it takes a commercial truck much longer and farther to come to a complete stop on the road. If a truck is speeding or following another vehicle too closely, it can lead to a catastrophic rear-end accident. In addition, commercial trucks have substantial blind spots on the sides and behind them, causing the driver can be completely unaware of a passenger vehicle on the road. If the driver fails to signal or does not check before making a lane change, it can cause a serious accident.

Fatigue is also one of the main causes of trucking accidents on the road today. While the law does limit the number of hours a truck driver is supposed to be behind the wheel without stopping to rest, oftentimes the drivers are on a strict timetable to deliver their cargo and will disregard those limits, drive while extremely fatigued, and cause a devastating accident. Other common causes of trucking accidents include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Improper turning
  • Tire blowouts
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Parking on the shoulder
  • Negligent hiring and training of drivers
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Overloading or improperly loading cargo
  • Violations of other commercial trucking laws

It is important to retain a qualified personal injury attorney following a commercial trucking accident. You attorney will help you determine the cause of the accident and who is liable for the damages.

Collecting Damages After an Accident

Given the large size and force of a semi-truck, the injuries sustained from a commercial trucking accident can be catastrophic and life-altering. Compensation for victims injured or killed in commercial trucking accidents includes:

  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

In addition to the victim of the accident, family members may also file a lawsuit against the liable parties for loss of consortium and wrongful death to cover funeral costs and other final expenses.

Contact Our Office Today

The moment a commercial trucking accident happens, the trucking company’s attorneys and insurance company will be working to give you as little as possible for your claims. Call us today at Williams Iagmin, LLP to schedule a free consultation. We promise to fight the insurance companies and get you the compensation you deserve.