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Any vehicle accident carries the potential for severe injuries, but heavy trucks substantially increase the risk to all parties involved when they collide with others on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 12 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012 involved large trucks. In addition, 73 percent of those fatalities were occupants of the other vehicles involved in the collision with the truck.
With massive amounts of force behind them, large trucks can have a devastating effect on smaller vehicles if they are involved in a collision. Heavy loads also increase the amount of time required to brake and react to situations on the road. The potentially deadly impact of these diesel vehicles makes it essential for companies and drivers to exercise extra diligence on the road.
Although federal guidelines set limits on many aspects of trucking, including how many hours a driver can work in a certain time period, or how heavy a load can be, many companies and drivers may neglect these laws in the interest of finishing hauls more quickly.
Equipment failures are also a common problem that contributes to accidents on the road. As trucks rack up thousands of miles in a short time span, the parts can quickly wear down. If they are not diligently maintained, a part may fail during transit and cause an accident. Brakes, tires, transmission, and lights are the most common equipment failures that large trucks experience.
A collision involving a large truck can cause devastating injuries, particularly for the passengers in the other vehicles involved in the accident. Victims face a wide range of potential harm, ranging from lacerations to paralysis or even death. The medical bills resulting from these injuries can place a heavy financial burden on the shoulders of victims and their families, as medical bills, medications, and the costs of treatment can quickly accumulate.
If you’ve been injured during a truck accident, you may have grounds to seek out compensation that will cover the cost of your damages. As experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys, Adame★Garza has helped hundreds of individuals who have been hurt in a collision with a large truck, and we can carefully analyze your situation to determine how we can help you.