Understanding the Risks Behind Large Truck Accidents
Large trucks may weigh from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds and stand nearly 14 feet high. When one of these vehicles collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the effects can be devastating – even deadly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 12 percent of traffic deaths in the U.S. each year result from large truck crashes, even though these vehicles account for only 4 percent of the traffic on U.S. roads. The NHTSA also estimates that these accidents cost the U.S. $48 billion annually in medical bills, lost productivity, and other expenses.
The Most Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents in New Jersey Include:
- Speeding. Which may include driving too fast for road conditions, driving faster than the posted speed limit for trucks, or both.
- Fatigue. In attempts to maximize their mileage, drivers or their employers may push drivers to drive even when tired, which can result in a crash.
- Maintenance or Repair Issues. Neglected maintenance, botched repairs, or hidden defects in replacement parts can lead to mechanical failures which cause an accident.
- Load Issues. Cargo that is improperly loaded, ineffectively secured or overloaded can also cause a serious accident.
When a truck crash happens, a common first step is to look at the truck’s driver to determine fault. However, establishing the full extent of liability in a truck accident case can be more complicated. An investigation into the trucking company, the company responsible for maintaining the truck, the owner or loader of the cargo may also be necessary.
A large truck accident can have devastating effects on those who are involved in the crash. If you’ve been injured in a truck crash, don’t hesitate to call an experienced California truck accident lawyer who can help fight for the compensation you need while you focus on healing. To learn more, contact The Paris Firm at 909.551.4040 or via our online contact form to get started on your case today.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.