Any rear-end collision can do costly damage to a vehicle and endanger the passengers inside. However, when the rear-ending vehicle is a large truck weighing in at several tons, the injuries and damage are likely to be immense. When someone is a victim of an accident where they are rear-ended by a large truck, the costs of medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other expenses can be astronomical. Also, the fight against the trucking company to be fairly compensated can be draining.
Inability of large trucks to stop quickly- the primary cause of significant rear-end collisions
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study on truck accidents that occurred between 1994-1999, there were an estimated 400,000 large truck accidents each year, and 18% of these are rear-ended accidents. An average of 42,000 rear-end truck accidents happened each year where the truck struck another vehicle. These accidents are especially dangerous for several reasons:
- Large trucks are 40 or more times heavier than the passenger cars sharing the roads. The pure weight of these trucks striking a smaller passenger vehicle can cause severe injuries and even death.
- The stopping distance is much longer for large, heavy trucks (look here for more discussion)
- In 18% of the accidents studied, three or more vehicles (multi-vehicle collisions) were involved when the truck rear-ended another vehicle
Rear-end truck accidents resulted in over 23,000 injuries and over 700 deaths per year of the study. While these types of crashes only represent a small portion of the total truck accidents, injuries, and fatalities, they still are incredibly hazardous to those involved.
Are rear-end truck collisions always the fault of the trucker?
In most rear-end collisions, the vehicle striking from the rear is usually to blame. If the vehicle is a large, commercial truck, the trucker may have been cited for causing the accident. However, the company the trucker works for will also likely be financially responsible to the victims. Most large trucks are owned by commercial outfits that are proficient in fighting legal battles over accident damages and will try to pay as little as possible.
Commercial truck accidents can be complicated as there are often several companies that may be held liable in a trucking injury case. There may be a transport company that owns the truck and employs the driver, yet they are contracted by another company to haul a load. Due to the complexities of these types of cases and the fact that these companies are legally well represented, it is vital that victims of these accidents have a lawyer to represent them as well to protect their interests.People in truck accidents deserve experienced legal counsel
Victims of large truck rear-end collisions need legal counsel to ensure they are compensated fairly for their injuries and losses. Commercial truck companies have experienced lawyers working on their side to protect their interests and victims must come prepared to fight for what they deserve.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has experienced truck injury attorneys that will fight this battle for you, whether it ends in a settlement or goes to trial. We understand the complexities of these types of cases and will go after all the entities that are responsible for your losses. Contact us today to schedule a free meeting to discuss your options. 888-424-5757
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