Compensation for Truck Accident Victims

Truck accidents involving an 18-wheeler, semi-truck or big-rig can result in serious injuries or wrongful death to other drivers or passengers involved in the accident, and it’s important for victims and their families to understand their legal rights following a commercial truck accident. If you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or another commercial truck, and you have suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and other damages. Consult an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss the possibility of filing a truck accident claim against the person or party found at fault in the accident.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Due to the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks, trucking accidents can cause serious injuries to anyone involved, particularly drivers of smaller passenger cars and their passengers. Common injuries include:

Due to the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks, trucking accidents can cause serious injuries to anyone involved, particularly drivers of smaller passenger cars and their passengers. Common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Severed limbs
  • Head or neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Whiplash
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death

Truck Accident Lawsuit Information

"Upwards of 100,000 accidents every year can be traced to drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel, accounting for as many as 1,500 deaths and 40,000 injuries."

The FMCSA noted in their study that of all truck accidents caused by driver error, 44 percent involved truckers taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, and 23 percent involved drivers who were speeding. Other types of driver negligence may include:

  • Distraction: The driver was talking or texting on his cell phone, updating social media sites, browsing the Internet, watching videos, eating, or otherwise distracted at the time of the accident.
  • Drugs and alcohol: The driver may have indulged in illegal drugs or alcohol that affected his or her judgment.
  • Inexperienced: The driver may have been young and/or inexperienced, and lacked the appropriate training for the job/load/route he was engaged in.
  • Aggressive: The driver was driving recklessly or aggressively.
  • Lack of truck driving experience
  • Overloading trucks
  • Operating oversized trucks on narrow roads
  • Failure to see other vehicles due to the truck’s large blind spot
  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Not stopping at weigh stations, as required by law
  • Driving for too long without taking a break

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