There has been a dramatic increase in the number of tractor-trailers (large truck) on US roadways and an increase in accidents and fatalities related to the tractor-trailer increase on the roads.
Large trucks are defined as those with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds like tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, big rigs.
Statistics show that large trucks are much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash than passenger vehicles. Truck accidents, more times than not, result in serious injuries to the passengers involved mainly because of the difference in size/weight of the vehicles.
The following are percentages of the main causes of large truck crashes:
- 22 % – Rear-end collision with another vehicle in their lane.
- 29% – Losing control of vehicle due to speeding, cargo shift, vehicle systems failure, poor road conditions, or other reasons.
- 32% – Running into another lane or running off the road.
Many things can contribute to one of the above causes happening such as lack of maintenance on the truck, dangerous operations (such as fatigue) and/or inexperience by the driver, and/or mechanical failure.
It is common for large truck drivers to experience fatigue due to their long hours, tight deadlines and schedules and can cause them to have impaired judgment.
In Georgia, a person injured by the carelessness of another has a right to compensation for pain and suffering, reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages due to the accident.
As stated before, it is very important to remember when you have been involved in any type of auto/truck accident that when an adjuster contacts you, they work for the insurance company and do not have your best interests in mind. Their goal is to give you the least amount of money possible. If they contact you early on, your injuries may not have even been diagnosed yet so you won’t know the recovery time you could be facing, which could lead to extended time out of work and rising medical bills so if you settle right away with the adjuster you will be responsible for any additional costs.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, call The Law Offices of Robert R. Pagniello today and begin receiving the benefits you are entitled to.