According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were more than 450,000 truck accidents in 2017 alone, approximately 344,000 of which resulted in an injury. This is an alarming statistic, as the injuries sustained in truck accidents tend to be particularly severe and often prove deadly. Fortunately, it is possible to recover damages compensating injured motorists for the losses they sustain in these types of accidents, so if you were recently injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, it is critical to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney Defiance who can help you file a claim.
Truck accidents cause a wide range of injuries, but most are severe and fall under one of the following categories:
These types of truck accident injuries tend to have far-reaching consequences, often resulting in long-term disability. Unfortunately, this means that truck accident victims often find themselves paying expensive medical bills not only immediately following their accident but for years to come. These expenses are often compounded by the cost of replacing or repairing a damaged vehicle and having to pay for rehabilitation or nursing care. Fortunately, these costs, as well as compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress, can be recovered by injured plaintiffs who can provide proof of a defendant’s negligence.
Operating commercial vehicles is not a simple undertaking, which is why trucking companies are required to use the greatest care in hiring and training their employees. In fact, the federal government regulates the types of training that trucking companies must provide their employers, as well as how often commercial vehicles must be inspected, how cargo should be loaded, how often drivers must take breaks, and what types of in-vehicle technologies trucks must be equipped with to track mileage and other important data. Companies that fail to ensure that these rules are followed could find themselves being held liable for resulting accidents, especially if those accidents can be linked to:
Trucking companies are not the only entities that can be held liable for truck accidents. In fact, it is not uncommon for multiple parties to be held partially responsible for these types of accidents, including other drivers, vehicle part manufacturers, government agencies, the cargo’s owner, and the owner of the commercial vehicle fleet. These individuals and entities can be held liable for an accident even when a plaintiff also contributed to the collision, as long as he or she was not more than 50% at fault for the crash.
If you were involved in a truck accident, you might be able to collect compensation for your losses. To speak with an experienced truck accident attorney about your case, please contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC by calling or by sending us a message with your contact information and a brief description of your case.
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