Collisions involving semi-trucks are much more severe than other vehicle accidents. In the U.S., tractor-trailers exceed 26,000 pounds — over eight times more than the average passenger car. In Pennsylvania, there were over 6,500 truck accidents in 2014, 136 of which caused fatalities.
The majority of trucking accidents occur on state highways. Even so, almost 700 trucking accidents occurred on local roads in 2014, accounting for over 10% of accidents statewide.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
Truckers haul large, potentially dangerous loads and often push themselves beyond acceptable limits. Common causes of trucking accidents include rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, T-bone accidents and under-ride collisions.
In addition, rollover accidents account for over half of trucking accidents nationwide. Rollovers typically happen when truck drivers do not adjust their speed to compensate for the roadway. Rollover accidents are also attributed to improperly secured loads, malfunctioning braking equipment and road conditions. Driver impairment accounts for a significant portion of collisions as well.
In many cases, truck drivers may claim that the driver made sudden lane changes, drove in the “no-zone” or otherwise created unsafe conditions. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, you need an experienced injury attorney on your side.
The Impact of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents at any speed can be severe, leading to serious injuries and heavy financial burdens. The inability to work due to trauma can lead to significant decreases in income. Insurance companies may not cover healthcare expenses.
Physical injuries can last for weeks, months or years. Trucking accidents can cause lifelong disability, spinal damage and traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI and damage to the spinal cord can cause permanent disability and lead to years of costly rehabilitation.
Determining Responsibility in Trucking Accidents
To determine responsibility in a trucking accident, the negligent parties must be identified. Negligent parties could include the truck driver, manufacturer of the truck or the trucking company. Evidence, data reports and eye witness accounts all work to determine negligence or fault in trucking accidents.
Under logo liability laws, a painted logo could assign legal responsibility to the company represented on the truck. A personal injury lawyer experienced with trucking accidents will work to determine responsibility.
Collecting evidence immediately after a truck accident is the best way to secure information to establish negligence. Call the police and your insurance carrier immediately following a truck accident. You should also receive treatment for any injuries.
Contact Trucking Accident Attorneys in Lancaster
Once you have received care and notified your insurance, contact an attorney. An experienced trucking accident attorney will gather evidence, interview witnesses and review accident data to establish all the negligent parties at fault. At KBG Injury Law, our lawyers have your interests in mind. We will fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know suffered injuries in a trucking accident, you need an experienced Lancaster trucking accident attorney. Our firm has over 30 years of experience helping people with injuries get their lives back. Request a free consultation or call 800-509-1011 today.