Trucking Accidents create a dangerous risk to other motorists. When they do occur, they pose a much greater harm than ordinary traffic accidents because of the size and weight of these large trucks.
The statistics are alarming. In 2010, there were over 276,000 large truck (gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds) collisions that resulted in 3,675 fatalities and 80,000 injuries. “One out of nine traffic fatalities in 2008 resulted from a collision involving a large truck” according to a U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study; NHTSA reported that 2010 saw a 9 percent increase from 2009. In that study, Georgia ranked fifth for the number of fatalities caused by big trucks. As the number of these large trucks on the road increases, these numbers are likely to continue to rise.
Federal regulations establish special laws that these trucking companies and their drivers are required to follow. Even with these additional requirements, many drivers operate these rigs contrary to these laws to meet deadlines imposed by shippers and receivers of the goods they haul. That is why a leading cause of trucking accidents is severe fatigue and sleep deprivation from working and driving long hours. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that even with more stringent rules enacted in 2004, it has not reduced truck driver fatigue.
Of course, not all trucking accidents are caused by sleep deprivation. There are a number of other factors that put these trucks at great risk of serious injury collisions. These include things like, vehicle maintenance and inspections, relative roles of cars and large trucks, driver working environment, environmental factors, truck driver performance, vehicle design and load, truck driver licensing and monitoring, and truck driver training and experience.
When they crash, the consequences are often severe, especially if a personal automobile is also involved. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported to Congress that 23.1 percent of trucking accidents resulted in at least one fatality, 28.7 percent resulted in an incapacitating injury, and 48.2 percent resulted in non-capacitating injuries. Consequently, many of the companies operating these rigs have already taken many complicated legal steps even before the wreck to try to shield them from responsibility for the harm they are expected to cause; and when these accidents occur with fatalities or catastrophic injuries, trucking companies frequently have representatives on the scene to minimize their financial exposure. If the victims do not have their own experienced trucking accident attorney at the scene investigating, critical evidence can be lost that may not be recoverable.
Types of Injuries
Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries, leaving their victims with intense pain, medical bills, and lost wages. At Rumph Childers, P.A., we work toobtain just compensation for truck accident injuries, including:
- Spinal Cord Injuries or Paralysis
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Herniated Disk
- Fractured Vertebrae
- Psychological Injuries
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Crush Injuries
- And more
At Rumph Childers, we are a complex litigation boutique. We have extensive experience with trucking cases. Trucking cases are what we do. While trucking accidents share some characteristics with other personal injury cases, there are specific additional regulations that make large trucking cases particularly difficult to handle properly. As a result, not only will a skilled attorney develop your case, but also we have a nurse on staff to assist with medical issues. From the moment we are hired, we begin gathering critical evidence from the scene, the trucking company, and from eye witnesses that will be necessary to accurately reconstruct the collision to ensure our clients’ rights are protected. All of this is to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a trucking accident, contact the leading truck accident attorneys of Rumph Childers, P.A. for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team works tirelessly on behalf of our clients, and we strive to obtain just compensation for a wide variety of injuries, including whiplash, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and paralysis.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, why trust the outcome of a lawsuit to anyone other than an experience team of lawyers with decades of experience in this area?
If you or someone in your family has been hurt or killed in an 18-wheeler accident, it is important to contact a Macon truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
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