Just as a car can do a lot of damage to a motorcycle, a commercial truck can significantly damage a car. The average 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, whereas passenger cars rarely weigh over 5,000 pounds. When a car comes up against a truck in an accident, it usually isn’t good. The car is often totaled and the occupants are severely injured, if not killed.
The National Traffic Safety Administration revealed that in 2013 an estimated 95,000 people were injured in truck crashes and 3,964 people were killed. In each of these cases, just over 70% of those injured or killed were occupants of the passenger vehicle, not the truck.
Big rigs and 18-wheelers can be unpredictable, especially in adverse weather conditions, and there are times when even experienced drivers have difficulty controlling them. It’s easier than you think for a commercial truck to jackknife or accidentally tip over and spill its cargo, and you don’t want to be nearby when that happens.
A portion of trucking accidents are caused by negligence. In some cases, the driver might just be too tired and fall asleep at the wheel. In others, the accident may be caused by a malfunctioning vehicle, speeding, unsafe driving, or any combination of these. Many times the accident is caused simply because the truck driver did not see the passenger vehicle, causing him to either hit the car or run it off the road.
Just because there are plenty of rules and regulations in effect for commercial truck drivers doesn’t necessarily mean that those rules are always observed. As with anything, there are a certain number of people who will behave irresponsibly, despite the risk it poses to others.
If you know someone who’s been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, or if you’ve experienced one yourself, you’ll need someone who can help see you through the process. Commercial truckers not only have the company they work for on their side, they’ll have plenty of lawyers and insurance adjusters working for them as well.
E Eric Guirard Injury Lawyers have been around the block a time or two. We’ve handled numerous commercial trucking accidents and understand how to best represent your case. You can reach us by calling 1-844-833-3003 or by filling out the contact form below. We’ll set up a free, no obligation consultation so that you can learn about your rights and how much compensation you could be entitled to.