In 2016 (most recent data) a total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in America, according to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS/HLDI). Sixty-six percent of these deaths came from the occupants of passenger vehicles.
The reasons for these disturbing facts are evident; large trucks typically far outweigh and out-size a typical passenger car or truck. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger vehicles and are often driving at high speeds on our nation’s highways.
Because of the size of most vehicles, the collisions can often be catastrophic, results in severe physical injuries and sometimes death. Those who are lucky enough to survive such truck accidents can be faced with substantial medical bills and life-altering injuries.
Truck accidents are often very complex cases that require expert investigation and opinions. Consulting with an experienced Truck Accident Lawyer may be imperative to the success of your claim.
Many entities could be involved: the trucking company, their insurance company, the vehicle manufacturer. If road conditions were a factor, local governments could be liable.
The company may try to convince the accident victim they will give them a “good settlement,” outside of any legal action. The company may make a direct offer to the victims. They know that an offer negotiated through an attorney could be much more significant for the victim.
Most large trucking corporations have a “black box” on all trucks with data generated by the engine’s operating system. The data is relevant in proving the performance of the vehicle and driver. After an accident, all information must be downloaded immediately, or the data could be lost.
How We Can Help
The Leader Law Firm has represented many clients in trucking accident cases. If you or a loved one were involved in this type of collision; it’s imperative that you hire an experienced lawyer immediately to protect your rights and preserve critical data.
In most cases, there are no attorney’s fees unless you recover money damages. Schedule your free case evaluation today at the Leader Law Firm.