Our Northeastern Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here for You After a Truck Accident
In 2017, 4,102 people in the United States died in truck collisions. Out of those fatalities, 17 percent were truck occupants, 68 percent were drivers of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 14 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians. The number of truck drivers who died in accidents was 52 percent higher that year than in 2009.
Truck collisions are common in Northeastern Pennsylvania and around the country due to various reasons. Our truck accident attorneys at O’Donnell Law Offices are here to protect you and your family by giving you answers to your questions about truck accidents.
How Do Truck Collisions Occur?
Truck collisions can happen for many reasons. In some cases, a truck driver is drowsy and falls asleep at the wheel due to his or her long work hours, and this can result in a deadly crash with other vehicles on the road. Many trucks can roll over or fishtail out of control due to maintenance issues with the truck or other vehicles improperly merging in front of or behind a large truck. Truck drivers can also be improperly trained or unequipped to drive a large semi-truck.
Are Truck Collisions More Dangerous Than Car Collisions?
Statistically, yes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 70 percent of truck collision fatalities are occupants of other vehicles, rather than the truck. Trucks are much heavier and larger than other vehicles, so they represent a much greater risk to others. A fully-loaded large semi-truck can weight 80,000 pounds or more, whereas a typical car weighs around 3,000 pounds.
Large trucks also have a slower reaction time due to their weight and size, so they are not able to brake as quickly as cars. Trucks that are fully loaded travel 20 to 40 percent further than cars to stop, and this difference increases if the ground is slippery or if the truck has poorly maintained brakes.
What Is a Truck’s “No-Zone?”
A truck’s “No-Zone” refers to the areas next to and behind a large semi or commercial truck where the truck driver is unable to see approaching vehicles. These areas usually include the left rear, the right rear and directly behind the truck at a close distance. Other motorists should be careful of driving in these “No-Zone” areas, and they should always remain where they can be seen by truck drivers.
What Are Common Injuries I Can Sustain from a Truck Collision?
Truck collision injuries can be more serious than injuries from a car collision or pedestrian accident. Truck collision victims can sustain injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, amputation or loss of limb.
Who Is Responsible for My Injury After a Truck Collision?
Several different parties could be liable for your injuries after a truck crash, depending on the circumstances of the accident. The truck driver and the company he or she works for can be held accountable due to improper driver training or the truck driver’s drowsiness. Unfortunately, you will usually need to sue a third party that owns the truck, and third-party claims can become complicated.
You can potentially also hold the owner of the truck liable for your injuries due to improper maintenance of the truck leading to the collision. Federal regulations outline how a truck should be maintained, and if the owner fails to follow these laws, he or she can be found liable. Make sure you speak with a personal injury attorney to understand how to navigate this process of proving liability.
How Can I Receive Compensation from a Truck Collision?
You may be able to receive compensation from the truck collision due to lost wages, medical bills, or pain and suffering you endured from your injuries. Our personal injury law firm can do our best to get you the most compensation you deserve.
Should I Call My Personal Injury Lawyer After a Truck Collision?
Once you have received medical attention, you should speak with a Wilkes-Barre truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys at O’Donnell Law Offices want you and your family to recover from your injuries and receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation at (570) 258-8820 for more information about your potential case.