Heavy Truck Accidents Require Experienced Attorneys
The Heavy Truck industry serves as the primary method for moving freight across this country. Trucking revenues recently totaled more than $610 billion and revenues are forecasted to nearly double by 2015. Heavy Truck related fatal and injury truck crashes are a significant issue for road and highway safety. Every 16 minutes, a person is killed or injured in accidents involving a Heavy Truck. Heavy Trucks includes 18-Wheeler Trucks, Tractor-Trailer Trucks or Semi-Trucks.
These accidents can be complex and need the immediate attention of a skilled heavy Truck attorney that has experience handling Heavy truck lawsuits. Munley Law has focused on all types of truck accidents including Heavy Truck accident cases. We are considered among the Best Lawyers in America and have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our trucking accident and injury victims. Dan Munley has served as the the Chairman of the Trucking Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice and Marion Munley serves on its executive committee. We are asked to speak nationally on trucking cases and are considered true experts in trucking law. Our lawyers would love to help you get the justice you deserve for your Heavy Truck accident case. Call us today at 844-686-5397or fill out our easy to use online contact form.
What Causes Heavy Truck Accidents?
Any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds is considered a large or Heavy Truck and is governed by specific federal safety regulations and laws. The government requires that truck drivers qualify for commercial licenses and are subject to limited drug and alcohol testing. Unfortunately, many truck safety advocates question the effectiveness of the licensing and testing programs.
The number of Heavy Trucks involved in fatal crashes has increased by up to 10% due to driver fatigue, unsafe vehicle operation, large, unstable loads or defective equipment. Accidents involving heavy trucks present many unique issues including:
- Hours of Driving. Driver fatigue and drowsiness are conditions that result in reckless behavior such as failure to keep in the proper lane and running off the road. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board blames driver fatigue as a probable factor in 20-40% of truck crashes.
- Intoxicated Drivers. A study of truck driver fatalities was conducted by The National Transportation Safety Board and The National Institute on Drug Abuse in eight states and one or more drugs were detected in 67% of these fatally injured drivers and 33% of these drivers had detectable blood concentrations of psychoactive drugs or alcohol.
- Driver error. Heavy Truck drivers are responsible for the safe operation of their vehicle. When semi-trucks travel at rates that exceed the speed limit, they are speeding and increasing the likelihood of a jackknife or rollover.
- “Under-rides” refer to passenger vehicles that slide under another vehicle, with the majority of these incidences happening between Heavy Trucks and passenger cars.
- Blind spots exist in the front, back and sides of a Heavy Truck. When vehicles are in these blind spots, the Heavy Truck may make a wide right turn into the passenger car.
- “Squeeze plays” involve heavy Trucks making wide right turns. When a car is caught between a Heavy Truck and a curb – the car caught in a “squeeze” that can cause a serious accident and injuries.
- “Off-track” occurs w hen a Heavy Truck turns at high speed and swings into a neighboring lane without warning.
- Following too closely. Unlike cars, Heavy Trucks require up to 40% more stopping space. Following too closely results in inadequate stopping distance between Heavy Trucks which then rear-end vehicles in front. It is not difficult to imagine the devastating results that occur when a car, van or SUV is hit from behind with over 10,000 lbs. of moving metal.
- Substandard inspection. There are approximately 2 million plus roadside inspections of Heavy Trucks and about 23.2% of these Heavy Trucks were found to have serious violations, leading to catastrophic accidents and injuries on our country’s roads and highways.
- Longer Combination Vehicles (LCVs) vehicles are tractor-trailer Heavy Truck combinations with two or more truck trailers that weigh more than 80,000 pounds. These Heavy Trucks are at high risk of jack-knife rollover, sway, and loss of control. Longer lengths, heights, and weights make these Heavy Trucks perform and handle differently than other types of tractor semi-trailers or twin trailers. The LCVs are more dangerous due to their tendency to sway and leave the lane they are traveling in, as well as requiring increased passing distance.
- Hazardous Materials (hazmat). Revenue from hazardous materials shipments has increased to $10 billion with more than 800,000 shipments every day. Hazardous materials (hazmat) in Heavy Trucks may contain flammable liquids, like gasoline. Each year about 200 hazmat heavy trucks are involved in fatal crashes and 5,000 in nonfatal crashes.
Accidents With Heavy Trucks Require Immediate Attention—Hire and Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Immediately
When Heavy Truck accidents happen, the trucking companies involved in the accident immediately send representatives to the truck accident scene. These agents work carefully so that they can limit their company’s liability to you. These trucking company representatives know that the ideal time to confront a Heavy Truck accident victim is immediately following the truck accident. In the aftermath of a truck accident, you, as a victim of a truck accident, will need to make many important decisions that will impact your future. Grieving, anxious and injured people are often pressured by these high-pressure tactics By working with an experienced attorney, you can have some control and participation in ensuring that their rights and interests are protected.
Protect yourself Against A Heavy Truck Accident
The following suggestions may help motorists to improve the odds when sharing the road with large commercial trucks:
• Keep visible. Stay out of a Heavy Truck’s blind spots. When behind a truck, stay far enough back to see both of the truck’s side mirrors.
• Maintain a safe distance to ensure that there is enough space and time to brake.
• Practice defensive driving.
• Use your signals to turn or pass and avoid sudden moves such as swerving to pass.
• Keep lights on and windshield wipers working on rainy days.
Contact Munley Law About a Heavy Truck Lawsuit Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a Heavy Truck, you need the experienced lawyers of Munley Law to protect your rights. Heavy Trucking companies have their own investigators and attorneys fighting for them, you need someone on your side.
At Munley Law, our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. We strive to achieve the highest standard of excellence for the protection of individual rights through teamwork and the use of our considerable resources and experience. For a Free consultation regarding your Heavy Truck accident, call us toll free at 844-686-5397 or use our online contact form or use our Chat Now button. We are ready to fight for you today!