Large trucks are defined as having a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds and are often referred to as semi’s, 18-wheelers, over-the-road vehicles or tractor trailers. The vast weight and size discrepancy between tractor trailers and passenger vehicles creates exceptional dangers on the highway.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 500,000 semis and other large over the road trucks are involved in crashes resulting in 5,000 people deaths and 80,000 injuries annually. One in eight traffic fatalities involves a truck collision. Roughly three quarters of those injured were occupants of other vehicles. The statistical conclusions also noted that large trucks were more likely to be involved in fatal multi-vehicle accidents than passenger vehicles. Eighty two percent of fatal crashes involved large trucks as opposed to fifty eight percent for passenger vehicle only collisions.
Forty seven percent of the crashes involved the truck and the passenger vehicle traveling the same direction, nine percent while the other vehicle was turning, 13 percent while negotiating curves and ten percent of the crashes occurred while either the truck or vehicle was stopped in a traffic lane. Thirty percent involved both vehicles being impacted in the front. Large trucks were three times more likely to be struck in the rear than the other vehicle.
Defects contribute to the majority of large truck accidents each year. Some of these defects include tires or wheels (8%), brake-related (7%), engine/transmission: (5%) and steering wheel (1.3%). Driver factors resulting in accidents include traveling too fast for conditions (23%), driver unfamiliar with roadway (22%), over-the-counter drug use (17%), inadequate surveillance (14%), fatigue (13%), illegal maneuver (9%), inattention (9%), and falling asleep (7%).
Since trucks are found almost everywhere, in both rural areas and cities, and during the day and night, you are almost sure to encounter one almost every time you drive or ride in a car, or even while cycling or walking somewhere. Such encounters, as shown by these statistics, are much more dangerous for you than for the truck driver. This is because the same size and weight which make trucks dangerous to you protects the truck drivers from much harm.
You need an attorney well versed in truck accidents who will get you the right medical personnel to get you care you need and a settlement commensurate with your injury today and the consequences tomorrow.
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Liberty & Associates has the experience and knowledge needed when encountering any truck accidents. With over three decades of experience, Liberty & Associates has the resources and is the dedicated Santa Monica truck accident lawyer you need to follow through with your claim.
Liberty & Associates will thoroughly investigate the facts of the accident or incident in order to determine the legal strategy to take in your particular situation. During your initial consultation, we will fully discuss your case, including potential sources of information not readily apparent, including potential witnesses, video and audio recording which must be acquired quickly before they are recorded over, law enforcement reports and investigation whose initial conclusions can be altered if quickly dealt with early on. Liberty & Associates will try to answer all of your questions. The firm is committed to providing you personal attention throughout the course of your claim and will pursue every possible means of compensation on your behalf. Whether you have medical costs, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, our efforts will be towards maximizing your potential settlement.
It is never easy to get through a difficult situation where you suffer a truck accident. We strive to provide caring and compassionate representation. Our goal is simple: resolve your claim fairly, effortlessly and as quickly as possible. If your case requires that a lawsuit be pursued, rest assured that the experienced and successful attorneys at Liberty & Associates will still have the same goal.
Contact Liberty & Associates to discuss your truck accident claim.
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