The sheer size and weight of a semi-truck when it tows one or more fully loaded trailers makes it the most dangerous vehicle on the road when it goes out of control. This is one of the reasons why these big-rigs must be highly insured and why their owners and operators are so tightly regulated by federal and state laws. The men and women who operate these large trucks are required to be well trained and must be constantly vigilant regarding the operating condition of the truck, road conditions, and other vehicles.
Over 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicles were involved in accidents in 2010 alone, and over 100,000 people sustained serious injuries and over 5,000 died in these crashes. The revenue brought in by commercial trucking continues to grow (totaled $610 billion last year alone), and increases the incentive for these large companies to put more trucks on the road. This is not good for passenger vehicles, especially because one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision.
The Aftermath of a Commercial Truck Accident
Tractor-trailer truck accidents are not treated like a typical car accident. There is too much at stake. The average insurance coverage for a commercial truck runs into millions of dollars. Not only could the operator and the trucking company be held liable for compensation for damages, but the owner of the trailer or container that is being towed and the owner of the load could also be liable. For this reason, a truck insurance company is highly motivated to discover evidence that their driver and the truck were not responsible for any part of the accident or damage. Since accident scenes change quickly, it's advisable to contact your lawyer very quickly in order to preserve existing evidence you need to support your claim.
If there is much speed involved, an accident with a big rig can result in serious injuries and death for those in other vehicles. Anyone injured by a large truck can find the compassion and understanding they need when they call Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. An experienced personal injury lawyer with our firm will listen carefully to the details of your accident and your concerns before taking action to seek compensation on your behalf.