account for over 5,000 fatalities and 133,000 injuries each year. Since a commercial truck, such as a large freight carrier or eighteen-wheeler, weighs about 25 times more than the size of an average automobile, truck accidents rarely have minor consequences. The unique risks posed by truck accidents can be worsened depending on the contents inside the commercial truck. For instance, if flammable, toxic or hazardous substances
are present, secondary harm can take place as a result of the harmful cargo, such as respiratory injuries and burns. Even though truck drivers are statistically safer than automobile drivers, there are many commercial drivers who are not driving safely. There are many causes of trucking accidents.
The trucking industry does not always encourage safe operation. For instance, some drivers never receive the proper training to handle such a big rig or they are encouraged to work long hours and forego the necessary rest in order to stay alert. In some cases, other automobile drivers may be negligent and cause a collision with a truck. The most common causes of truck accidents include:
•The driver is under the influence
of drugs or alcohol
•The driver is speeding
•The driver is tailgating
•Improper loading of the truck
•Faulty maintenance of the truck
•Violations of safety regulations
If you or someone that you love has been the victim of an injury in a truck accident, you may legally be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To ensure a favorable outcome, you should consult with a qualified truck accident lawyer
who will evaluate your case. In some states, there are time restrictions (statute of limitations
) that may bar the filing of your lawsuit. Therefore, it is important to act soon and let an experienced truck accident lawyer protect your rights and determine what compensation you are lawfully eligible for today.
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