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Even though federal regulations have helped make the trucking industry safer, there's still a long way to go. If you've been injured in a large trucking accident, or a loved one has been killed, you know how devastating these crashes can be. Beyond the initial crash, you have to deal with loss, life-long personal injuries, and medical expenses. At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we will navigate the complex trucking industry laws and regulations for you. With our help, you can get the compensation you need to cover costs and ongoing care after a trucking accident.
What are the most common causes of semi-truck accidents?
A semi-truck is the largest vehicle on the road. With a full tank and cargo load, these trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than a regular car. For passenger vehicles, that would be enough cause for concern, but these big trucks also have other safety risks, including:
- Driver fatigue, with federal regulations allowing drivers to work for 11 hour stretches
- Larger blind spots around the sides and rear of the truck
- Longer stopping distances, especially when the truck attempts to brake at high speeds, on wet roads, on hills, or with poorly-maintained brakes
- Longer acceleration distances, especially risky when a truck merges into traffic
- Hazardous material cargo, including corrosive agents, explosive materials, or nuclear waste
- Regular and necessary maintenance of all equipment
In 2015, there were at least 415,000 crashes involving large trucks in the U.S. If a passenger car and large truck crash, injuries are almost certain and fatalities occur far too often.
How often do semi-truck accident fatalities occur?
Unfortunately, too often. And, the annual number is increasing. Crashes involving semi-trucks, or big rigs, led to 3,986 fatalities in 2016. Compare that to 2009 statistics, when truck accidents led to 3,147 deaths.
Over those years, there was a 27% increase in truck accident related fatalities.
Of those fatalities in 2016:
- 66% were in passenger vehicles
- 16% were pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists
- 17% were truck occupants
Even these statistics can be misleading, though.
When the Highway Loss Data Institute looked at occupant deaths in two-vehicle crashes that only involved a large truck and passenger car, 97% of all deaths were car occupants. Semi-truck accidents accounted for 21% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2016.
Why you should work with a truck accident attorney
You need a truck accident attorney on your side because these cases are complex. They involve multiple parties, as well as federal and state regulations. Your case may include:
- The truck driver
- Other drivers
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- State agencies
- Insurance agencies
A victim of a crash has to fight aggressively against these larger organizations to ensure they recover damages after a crash. At Huber, Thomas & Marcelle, we help you do that by:
- Bringing in world-class experts to testify on your behalf
- Examining all factors that could have led to the crash, including road conditions, company or driver negligence, truck maintenance, and improper licensing or certifications
- Reviewing all police reports, investigations, and witness testimony
- Developing cutting-edge 3D accident reconstruction models so juries can see exactly what happened on the road
Work with Huber Thomas & Marcelle
At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we know that it takes skill and dedicated trial preparation to win these cases. We're committed to getting the whole story when there's been a large truck accident. We're one of the best New Orleans truck accident law firms to work with because we ask critical questions every step of the way.
We also prepare for every case as if it's going to trial. It gives you an edge at the negotiation table if the case is settled out of court. Our semi-truck accident attorneys have proven courtroom success, and have helped our clients recoup millions of dollars in damages. See victories.
If you've suffered from a truck accident injury or fatality, you shouldn't face your fight alone. Give us a call now for a free and confidential consultation about your case.