While large trucks provide an important service to many American industries, their massive size poses significant hazards on roads and freeways.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious personal injuries or death in a trucking accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered including pain and mental anguish, medical bills, lost income capacity, and more.
Thousands of Trucking Accidents Daily
Every year, more than 500,000 large trucking accidents occur in the United States resulting in over 5,000 fatalities and 140,000 injuries.
These disturbing statistics prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to employ new trucking guidelines in 2003, which limit truck drivers’ on-duty hours, enhanced vehicle safety rules, and more.
However, many truck drivers and trucking companies fail to follow the safety guidelines, which results in an increasing number of trucking accidents every year.
A number of common factors may contribute to large trucking accidents including, but not limited to:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver carelessness or recklessness
- Mechanical problems
- Decreased visibility
- Decreased maneuverability
- Longer distance to make a complete stop or avoid danger
In the event that you are involved in a trucking accident, you can take the following steps to ensure your health, safety, and legal rights and interests are fully protected.
- Contact the police and file a detailed accident report
- Gather complete information from the other party including insurance information
- If possible, take pictures of the scene and collect witness information
- Don’t sign anything or admit fault
More often than not, large trucking accidents result in devastating personal injury or extensive property damage. You have the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim to seek economic recovery for your losses.
Please bear in mind that all personal injury lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations, which limits the time you may have to file a claim.