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truck accident statistics truck crash lawyersTruck accidents can be devastating, and in the most extreme cases, deadly. The immense size of weight of commercial trucks mean that if they collide with passenger cars, the odds point to the passenger car taking the brunt of the damage. In most fatal truck accidents, the victim is an inhabitant of the passenger vehicle.

If you or a loved one has experienced a Mack truck accident, you are not alone, and you do have options. You have the right to seek both justice and compensation for your experience, and you can do that with the aid of a truck accident lawyer, like those at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys. All of the truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have years of experience handling these kinds of cases, and our firm has an incredible track record of providing truck accident victims with fair and satisfactory settlements.

Don’t hesitate: reach out to Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys today to speak to a Mack truck accident lawyer and receive a free case evaluation.

What is a Mack truck?

There are many different kinds of large commercial trucks that pass along American highways each and every day. For some, there are multiple terms that connote the same type of vehicle. For example, big rigs and tractor trailers are the same; semi truck also refers the the same kind of vehicle. These are trucks that consist of a a tractor unit and one or more semi-trailers to carry freight. A large tractor trailer truck can, when fully loaded, weigh something like 80,000 pounds,

A Mack truck specifically is a particular brand of truck, made by Mack Trucks, Inc. This truck company company manufactures a variety of tractor trailers and semi trucks. Mack is part of the Volvo group, and is used by businesses across the world. The various trucks and truck parts the company sells are manufactured and assembled in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The company is one of North America’s largest truck manufacturers.

Truck Crash Facts and Figures

As noted above, when trucks and smaller vehicles collide, the passenger(s) in and the driver of that smaller vehicle are more likely to experience injuries. In September of this year, a Mack truck collided with a passenger vehicle. The driver of the passenger car was severely injured and his car was crushed; the Mack truck, on the other hand, endured far less damage, and the driver was not injured.

This is a common occurrence, as are truck accidents as a whole. Mack Trucks itself notes that each year, “nearly 480,000 large trucks and buses are involved in collisions on roadways and job sites,” and that these accidents “end up costing a combined $112 billion.”

Causes of Mack Truck Accidents

Truck accidents, like all car accidents, can be caused by a vast number of things. It’s also highly possible for more than one factor to coincide, resulting in an accident. Some things that could cause a truck accident include:

  • Driver error. Of course, as with all vehicle collisions, it’s possible for driver error to cause or contribute to an accident. The truck driver may be distracted or drowsy, for instance. They may speed or drive aggressively. Drug and alcohol abuse behind the wheel can, of course, also endanger both the driver and other drivers on the road, and can possibly lead to a truck accident.truck drivers and truck accidents
  • Vehicle or equipment failure. Accidents can occur when the truck itself malfunctions. Vehicle failure is very possible if a driver is driving with worn brake pads, but any part of the truck malfunctioning can lead to a collision.
  • Failure to train drivers. Trucking companies are required to provide all truck drivers with adequate training. Failure to do so could mean an inexperienced driver is on the road and causes on accident.

Injuries sustained in truck accidents

Injuries that occur as a result of a Mack truck accident are often extremely devastating. Think about the inherent difference in size and weight between a Mack truck and a passenger vehicle: the former can be up to 80,000, while the latter weighs, on average, around 4,000 pounds. If a collision happens between two vehicles like this, the inhabitants of the smaller vehicles far less protection, and are more likely to sustain injuries.

Like with all motor vehicle accidents, nearly any kind of injury can occur from a Mack truck accident. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Disc injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries (or paralysis)
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury

Mack truck accident victims should always seek medical care as soon as possible after the collision. Many of these injuries need to be dealt with immediately, and in fact, it’s also possible for accident victims to not notice the severity of their injuries in the immediate aftermath of the accident. While adrenaline does not technically mask pain, it does “divert an individual’s concentration from pain to something else, giving him or her the feeling that the felt pain no longer exists.” This distraction caused by adrenaline may mean an individual doesn’t recognize injuries until later on. If possible, get yourself examine as soon as you can to avoid letting an injury go untreated.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Trucking Accidents

One particular type of injury that has a particular link to car accidents is the TBI. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are a devastating and extremely complex type of injury often associated with car accidents. TBIs occur when the head experiences an impact or blunt force trauma, causing the brain to shift violently within the skull and often causing great damage to the victim. Symptoms, as outlined by the CDC, include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Change in emotion, such as increased agitation, sadness, or anxiety

There’s a range that exists under the umbrella of TBI, running the gamut from mild to severe. This severity is determined by something called the Glasgow Coma Scale, which assigns points to various types of responses from the patient; for instance, are they able to follow verbal commands, do they exhibit spontaneous reactions to sound a pressure. The total number then correlates to the severity of the injury, the lower numbers meaning a more severe case.

If you or a loved one has experienced a Mack truck crash, or an accident involving any commercial vehicles, reach out to our truck accident attorneys today. We can guide you through the process of obtaining compensation so that you can get back to the things you really enjoy.

FAQs

Who is liable in a truck accident? 

One of the things that make truck accident cases particularly complex is the sheer number of parties who may potentially be at fault. In an accident that occurs between two passenger cars, it’s most likely one of the two drivers who is at fault. But in accidents involving Mack trucks, you inherently have the Mack truck company involved as well. This can complicate matters.

Some of the parties who may be at fault in a truck accident include:

  • The truck driver. Of course, it’s very possible for Mack truck drivers themselves to cause an accident. Driver error resulting in an accident can manifest in many different ways. Mack truck drivers may be drinking or using drugs, therefore impairing their ability to drive safely. The driver may be drowsy, something that’s not uncommon amongst truck drivers who go drive for long stretches alone. The driver may be driving recklessly, tailgaiting and changing lanes unsafely. Any of this behavior from Mack truck drivers could result in an accident, for which the truck driver would likely be found at least partially responsible.
  • The trucking company. A company is generally responsible for the drivers it puts on the road. The company must perform baclground checks on all their employees. They must properly train all their employees. They must ensure all trucks are in safe and usable condition. If it’s found that the driver was untrained, or the company knowingly put a malfunctioning vehicle on the road, they may be found liable.
  • The loading company. Accidents can occur when a truck contains improperly loaded cargo. There are extremely specific trucking safety regulations that illustrate how different types of cargo must be loaded and secured, and failure to do so could cause an accident. Following these safety regulations is very important: without them, a piece of the Mack truck’s cargo may get loose and fly onto the road, or could shift inside the truck and cause the vehicle itself to loose balance.
  • The truck manufacturer, (ie, Mack trucks). Mechanical failure may be unavoidable in some instances, but there are also cases where it could and should have bene presented by the truck manufacturer. If the manufacturing company knew there was a design flaw or a manufacturing flaw and allowed the Mack truck to be put into circulation anyway, they may be liable should a truck accident occur.
  • The government or local jurisdiction. Some trucks are owned and operated by the city, which makes them government vehicles. This can include garbage trucks, postal trucks, and more. If one of these vehicles is involved with the crash, the government entity that owns them could be responsible. A specific city or district may also be found liable if the accident was caused by poor signage, unpaved roadways, or other things that fall under the city’s jurisdiction.

What if I am partially at fault for a commercial truck accident?

truck crash driver fled scene truck accident attorneyIt’s entirely possible for multiple parties to share fault for an accident involving a Mack truck.
Perhaps the driver of a passenger vehicle wrongfully passed through an intersection, and the truck driver also passing through the intersection was texting and unable to respond fast enough to prevent the collision. In this case, it’s possible a court would agree that both parties share some degree of fault for the accident. However, in some cases, you may still be able to recover damages even if you were partially at fault.

The details of how partial fault plays out varies from state to state. Generally, there are a few formats states take: modified comparative negligence, pure comparative negligence, and pure contributory negligence:

  • In states that use Pure Contributory negligence, if you are even 1% responsible for your Mack truck accident, or any kind of car accident, you are immediately prohibited from receiving damages of any kind. In other words, even if the Mack truck driver or Mack truck owner was 99% responsible, and your actions played just a 1% role in causing the accident, you cannot receive any compensation. this is the least common form of negligence law, used by only four states as well as Washington D.C.
  • In states that use Pure Comparative Negligence laws, you can receive damages no matter how much you contributed to the accident. So in theory, if you are 70% responsible for a major traffic accident, and the other driver is 30% responsible, you could potentially still receive compensation from them.
  • And lastly, in states that use Modified Comparative Negligence laws, you can receive compensation as long as you are either less than 50% or less than 51% responsible for the accident, depending on the state.

What do I do after my Mack truck accident?

No one wants to experience an accident, but there are a few things you can do in the immediate aftermath to both ensure your safety and increase your likelihood of building a strong case down the road.

What do you do after a truck accident? 

In the wake of a truck accident, it’s very important to remember what to do — and what not to do. All of the steps listed below will help to both keep you safe at the scene of the accident and ensure you have a strong case down the line as you pursue an insurance claim or a personal injury suit.

  • Seek medical care.
  • If possible, move to a safe place where you’re out of harm’s way.
  • Call the police. You should always call the police after an accident. Once at the scene, they will write apolice report that will serve as an official piece of documentation on what happened. These accident reports can be very useful as a piece of evidence supporting your case.
  • Exchange information with all the involved parties. You should exchange information with any and all other parties involved, particularly the Mack truck driver, before leaving the scene. This includes contact information, license plate number, insurance information, and information about the trucking company itself.
  • Speak wisely. Even something as simple and heartfelt as an apology can be taken out of context and used as an admission of guilt. When speaking to anyone at the scene, especially the Mack truck driver, be polite but neutral, and refrain from saying anything that could be twisted and used against you.
  • Document the scene. Even if the police are documenting the scene, it’s recommended to do the same yourself as well. Take pictures of all the vehicles involved, their license plates, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries. You can speak to witnesses for their perspective.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company. You should always report a mack truck accident, and any accident, to your insurance company as soon as possible.

Call a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys truck accident lawyer. Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as you can after the accident so that you can start building a case and make sure you’re protected. You may start receiving phone calls from insurance adjustors and the truck companies involved in the accident just days after it occurs; as soon as you have an attorney, they can field all contact with other parties.

What kind of evidence do I need to win a personal injury suit? 

truck accident lawyers munleySome of the evidence that can be useful in winning a truck accident case would apply in a collision between two passenger vehicles as well, or any car accident case. But there are also elements that apply specifically to truck accident cases, so it’s important that you and your lawyer are aware of what’s needed and how to secure it. Additionally, some of the evidence listed below can only be obtained with the help of attorney. Working with truck accident lawyers, like those at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, is one of the best ways to guarantee building a successful case.

Some of the evidence that can be useful in winning your case includes:

  • Photos of the scene, including the positioning of the vehicles and your injuries
  • The police report
  • The truck’s black box recording (Some trucks have black boxes that record information that may be relevant in determining fault in an accident. But in many cases, they are designed to hold this information only for a short period of time, so it’s imperative that you procure this as soon as possible).
  • Evidence of your injuries
  • Evidence of the financial burden the accident has caused, including medical bills and evidence of lost wages
  • CCTV footage from the scene
  • Phone records from the truck driver, which may show if they were texting or messaging in the lead up to the accident
  • The driver’s training records
  • Vehicle maintenance history
  • And more

What kind of compensation can I get from my trucking accident case?

The amount of compensation you’re able to receive in any personal injury case, including one involving a Mack Truck accident, greatly depends on the details of the incident and the aftermath. What are the extent of your injuries? Do you bear any percentage of fault? What has the extent of your pain and suffering looked like? All of these are questions that will go into your lawyer’s assessment of how much your case may be worth.

Generally, compensation for things like semi truck accidents falls into two categories. The first is economic damages. This includes all the elements of your case that have a concrete monetary value: property damage, hospital bills, etc. All of these costs will be tallied up and taken into consideration. The other kind of damages are non-economic damages. These cover the more abstract costs that are often present after an accident: pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental health struggles, and more. Your lawyer will look at your Mack truck accident case and account for every possible cost it has caused you. This will be the starting point for negotiating a settlement. Remember: Your attorney will never let you take a settlement that’s far below what you deserve.

Why Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys?

Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Wilkes-Barre Law OfficeBeing in a trucking accident can be one of the most terrifying experiences of a person’s life. And it doesn’t end there: the aftermath of trying to recover physically and emotionally while also being slammed with hospital bills and phone calls from the insurance company can be equally overwhelming. But you don’t have to go through it alone. While we can’t undo the terrifying experience you’ve had, we can do the legal heavy lifting so that you can rest assured you’ll receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

Large truck companies can be powerful adversaries, but at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we have the legal expertise, resources, and decades of experience necessary to fight against them on your behalf. Truck companies often have large legal teams who are experienced in fighting individuals in an attempt to pay out as little as possible, but with Munley truck accident lawyers on your side, you can rest easy. Our track record speaks for itself; you can look here to read about some of the settlements we’ve secured for truck accident victims. What’s more, we treat all of our clients like family, and deeply value the attorney-client relationship. You’ll never feel alone when you work with Munley truck accident attorneys.

Our attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t owe us a dime unless you win. And even then, nothing comes out of your pocket; we simply receive a percentage of the settlement you’ve been awarded. There is no financial risk in working with one of our truck accident attorneys.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation, and learn how we can protect your interests.




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