Trucking Accident Injuries
When a “big rig” or commercial truck, weighing as much as 80,000 pounds, collides into a, 5,000-pound passenger vehicle, catastrophic injuries and deaths are likely to occur. Due to the sheer weight, size, and force of a fast-moving commercial truck or 18-wheeler, numerous fatalities and injuries involving large trucks take place in the United States every year. The results of the typical car/semi accident are often horrifying; it is not uncommon for those who survive to suffer, brain damage and paralysis.
The federal government is aware of these potential dangers, and has issued regulations to protect the public. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations govern commercial vehicles engaged in interstate travel, covering requirements for driver licensing and training, documentation, and number of consecutive hours driven. States also have stringent regulations.
Still, trucking-related accident injuries and deaths continue to occur, caused by factors such as:
- driver exhaustion
- driver impairment due to alcohol consumption or drug use
- reckless or aggressive driving
- inadequate safety equipment on vehicles, such as reflectors
- inadequately maintained vehicles
When a person is injured in a semi-truck or commercial truck accident, they might believe that the process will be just like that used in a car accident injury claim, but on a bigger scale. At Ramey & Hailey personal injury law firm, where representing people injured in trucking accidents – or the survivors of those killed – is a mission, we know better.
Injuries from a truck accident tend to be much more severe than those from crashes involving passenger cars. The medical bills tend to be much higher, and months and even years of missed income can result. Meanwhile, the trucker might be employed by a large, multistate commercial trucking company or even an international conglomerate represented by a large legal team experienced in protecting the company from liability.
Truck accident victims not only need legal help, they require a whole different level of help!
Our attorneys have extensive experience providing help to those injured in trucking accidents.