The Devastating Impact Of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving semi trucks, delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles can cause devastating and life-altering injuries. In many cases, the injuries sustained require extensive rehab, lead to lost wages and create expensive medical bills for victims. They can also cause tragic and untimely deaths.
Recent data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) suggests that accidents involving commercial vehicles have been in decline over the last decade. However, there are still more than 450,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks each year. Approximately 1% of those crashes are fatal and 23% lead to injuries.
Work With An Experienced And Aggressive Advocate
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, it is in your best interest to connect with an aggressive and proven attorney to navigate the many legal hurdles that stand between you and the full financial recovery you deserve. At the law office of Charles Injury Law, lawyer Steve Charles is prepared to fight for your right to receive maximum compensation for the injuries that you or your loved one sustained. He has a proven record of success in handling high-stakes injury cases such as truck accidents.
Steve has earned numerous awards for his hard work and dedication to clients. He is available 24/7 to address your concerns. Call (954) 390-2228 today to get started with a free, no-obligation consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
After a devastating truck accident has turned your life upside-down, you likely have questions. Below are answers to some common questions. However, this information is no substitute for individualized legal advice. Attorney Steve Charles can answer any questions you have specific to your situation.
In rare instances, accidents that involve large trucks are the fault of no one person. The vast majority of collisions occur because of the negligent actions of one or more of the drivers involved.
The common causes of truck accidents are similar to the reasons that lead to other types of car accidents. However, the consequences of a collision with a large commercial vehicle can be more severe and deadly. As a result, the legal implications are also more far-reaching.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Driver fatigue: Though the Department of Transportation (DOT) strictly regulates the amount of time that a truck driver is allowed to drive, fatigue still happens all too often. When a truck driver is fatigued, they are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel and/or make costly mistakes that endanger the lives of other drivers on the road.
Alcohol and drug use: Some truck drivers drink alcohol when stopping for the night or take prescription medication that negatively affects their ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Both instances can lead to dire consequences for themselves and others on the road.
Inadequate driver training or truck maintenance: Commercial vehicles are complex pieces of machinery that require extensive training and maintenance. When one or the other is lacking, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Speeding or overtaking: Truck drivers are often tasked with reaching their destination within a specific amount of time. Many are offered incentives for early deliveries. This can cause a driver to make unsafe maneuvers that reduce their reaction time and create deadly conditions on the road.
Distracted driving: Most commercial vehicles are laden with technology, gears and personal items, in addition to a driver’s cellphone. These can all lead to a driver being distracted. Even distractions that only last for a few seconds can lead to a lost life or a lifetime of pain and suffering for victims of truck accidents.
Other contributing factors may also be at play. Lawyer Steve Charles knows how to dig deep to ensure that critical evidence of wrongdoing doesn’t get overlooked.
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