Large commercial trucks, such as eighteen-wheelers, tractor-trailers, flatbed trucks, delivery trucks, dump trucks and box trucks, can weigh at least twenty times more than a passenger vehicle, which is why wrecks involving these big trucks can result in devastating injuries for the occupants of passenger cars. More than 3,800 people died in collisions involving large trucks in 2015. Of those deaths, 69 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a wreck involving a large truck, the experienced attorneys at Martin & Helms, P.C. can help you receive compensation for your injuries, lost past and future wages, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and other damages.
Truck Accident Causes
There are many factors that can contribute to a wreck involving a large truck. Collisions involving tractor-trailers are oftentimes more complex than accidents involving passenger vehicles. Truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to federal regulations when they are driving. When a truck driver ignores those regulations, wrecks happen. Trucking accidents often occur because of the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Poor vehicle maintenance history
- Improperly-secured loads
- Disregarding safety regulations and hours of service restrictions
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Inadequate training of drivers