Most people don’t realize that 1 in every 10 highway deaths involve large trucks, including commercial vehicles, big rigs, and tractor trailers. With crashes involving large trucks, the vast majority of injuries and fatalities are small passenger vehicle occupants. The average vehicle on the road is extremely vulnerable in comparison since these trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars. Not to mention, large trucks are taller with greater ground clearance, which creates the risk of smaller vehicles under riding trucks in crashes.
Braking capability can also be a key factor in a truck accident. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20% to 40% farther than cars to stop. This dangerous discrepancy is only worsened with poor road conditions, poorly maintained brakes, or a number of other factors. Then, there is the very real danger of truck driver fatigue. Drivers of large trucks are technically allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch, according to federal hours-of-service regulations. However, surveys indicate that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted.
At lowercase, the qualified truck accident attorneys on our team know how to fight for those who’ve been injured in an accident involving commercial vehicles, big rigs, and tractor trailers. We offer comprehensive guidance to victims, and our experienced truck accident lawyers will ensure that your rights are protected. Our truck accident lawyers understand the complexities of dealing with the trucking companies and insurance providers and are ready to act now to earn you the settlement you are entitled to. If you or someone you know has been injured in a large truck accident, call lowercase today at 833-LOW-FEE5 (833-569-3335) to speak with one of our car accident attorneys and get guidance on the next steps.