Personal Injury From a Truck Accident
Truck drivers had the highest number of driving fatalities in 2015 with 885 deaths. Large commercial trucks are a crucial part of America’s economic engine, but they can also be dangerous for other drivers on the road. If a truck driver fails to follow the rules of the road, you or a family member can suffer severe consequences.
The truck accident lawyers on our Minneapolis team know that the level of due care is even greater for drivers of these huge, powerful vehicles. In fact, there are many state and federal safety rules that only apply to trucks and their drivers. We hold these drivers and trucking companies accountable when they break these rules and cause injuries.
Case Quick Facts
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the leading cause of truck accidents is brake failure, accounting for 29% of all large commercial vehicle accidents in the United States. Additional factors beyond the control of the driver included in the top 20 causes identified by this study are:
- Roadway problems
- Tire problems
- Cargo shift
Depending on other circumstances surrounding your truck accident, liability for these accidents may lie with local, state, or federal entities, parts manufacturers, mechanics, or companies responsible for loading and securing cargo. Our truck accident lawyers in Minneapolis will carefully investigate the cause of your accident to identify all liable parties and fight to hold them accountable for their negligence. Even in cases where more than one party has played a role — which is most often the case in truck accidents.
15 of the top 20 causes of truck accidents identified in the LTCCS are related to truck drivers and their behavior. These, in descending order of frequency are:
- Unfamiliarity with roadways
- Over the counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Truck driver fatigue
- Unrealistic scheduling and increased pressure from management
- Illegal maneuver
- External distraction
- Following too close
- Internal distraction
- Illegal drug use
- Vehicle defect
We will take a closer look at some of these factors as we move on, but it is important to note that, even when they initially seem otherwise, these causes of truck accidents may be the fault of multiple parties or multiple factors. Knowing the trucking regulations and rules to identifying each party and factor is our expertise and an essential part of securing fair compensation for you. We can examine skid marks, the truck driver’s black box recordings, vehicle inspection reports, drivers’ log books, and other important evidence to determine if the driver, his company, or another party violated local, state, or federal laws.
Differences in size can make vehicular collisions especially dangerous when trucks are involved. Accidents involving massive commercial trucks can mean life-altering and often deadly consequences for innocent victims. The sheer size of the vehicles involved in commercial trucking accidents creates the potential for catastrophic personal injuries, especially when a passenger vehicle is hit. Cars are designed with safety features that can withstand the forces of similar-sized vehicles, but the physical force involved in a truck accident is an entirely different matter. Add to this a freight of hazardous or flammable materials, and the dangers are multiplied further.
The catastrophic injuries that often result from truck accidents include:
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
The injuries listed above don’t just cause significant pain and suffering — they result in staggering medical bills that most people or their families will struggle the rest of their lives to pay. Tragically, many people will never be able to recoup these losses on their own, leaving tremendous debt for their family members when they pass.
We don’t think that’s right. You’ve suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s mistakes, not your own. You shouldn’t have to face a lifetime of medical expenses without help.
Whether you are recovering from your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one following a truck accident, our personal injury attorneys can help you obtain justice. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages and earning potential, loss of consortium, and all other economic and noneconomic damages you’ve endured. Call us to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
It depends on the circumstances around the accident, but if you believe you or a loved one were wrongly injured in a truck accident our team will help you review your options.
Because of the sheer size of modern trucks, these crashes tend to produce catastrophic personal injuries. These injuries can leave you with crippling pain and a never-ending stream of expenses. Our semi truck accident lawyers in Minneapolis have 31 years of experience representing the injured victims of these crashes around the country. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, we will fight so that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
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