Each year, approximately 130,000 people are injured in truck accidents in the U.S. While truck accident injuries can be severely debilitating on both a physical and emotional level, they can also be financially ruinous, as costly medical bills, an inability to work, and expensive vehicle repair bills can leave truck accident victims in serious debt.
If you or a loved one has been in a truck collision, you will likely have a personal injury claim and may be entitled to a settlement for your treatment costs, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact our skilled truck accident lawyers today.
How Truck Accidents & Injuries Occur
Nearly 90 percent of all trucking accidents result from human error, rather than mechanical breakdown, equipment failure, bad weather or poor road conditions. Examples of human carelessness or recklessness responsible for causing truck crashes include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Eating, applying makeup, using cell phones or otherwise being distracted
- Failing to properly secure cargo loads
- Running red lights, failing to yield or otherwise violating traffic laws
Additionally, driver inexperience and/or exhaustion can increase the risk of truck accidents. Rollovers, jackknifes and front-end collisions are the most common types of trucking crashes.
Types of Accident Injuries
The type and severity of the injuries accident victims sustain will depend on several factors, including:
- The point of impact
- How fast the vehicles were going
- How much the vehicles weigh
- Whether vehicle occupants were wearing their seat belts (and whether or not air bags deployed)
Serious injuries caused by truck accidents may include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Bone fractures, crushing injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
- Loss of limb
- Loss of vision, hearing or sensation
- Permanent disability
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Contact a Truck Accident Injury Lawyer
When a truck accident occurs, the physical, emotional and financial injuries can be staggering. Several lives can be dramatically changed in one instance. If you or a loved one is a victim in a truck crash and you feel that you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, contact our truck accident lawyers for help. We will evaluate the details of your case and fight aggressively to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.