Of all traffic collisions, those involving large trucks and buses that are often commercial vehicles are the most serious. They normally cause extensive property damage and injuries because of their sheer size and weight. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a large truck is defined as a vehicle with a gross weight greater than 10,000 pounds. When you consider a vehicle of this weight being involved in an accident, it’s not surprising that fatalities and serious injuries often occur. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that in 2014, of the 411,000 police reported large truck crashes, 3,424 resulted in at least one fatality and 82,000 resulted in a nonfatal injury.
POTENTIAL CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
There are often several factors involved in a truck accident. Factors include driver error, driver negligence, speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driver, etc. Due to the size of the trucks, other factors sometime contribute to an accident, including loads not being properly secured and subsequently shift during transport. The sheer size and weight of the trucks also affects stopping distances. When coupled with inclement weather, you have a bad combination.
Proper legal counsel after an accident is important, since the above factors are not always obvious and having someone experienced in this type of accident can have a huge impact on whether you are properly compensated.
At Howe & Associates Law Firm, we are determined to gather all the details and we pride ourselves in winning cases for our clients.
INJURED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT IN ALPHARETTA?
Personal injury law is too complicated and nuanced for most people to navigate and get the best results. That is why it’s critical to engage an experienced lawyer as soon as possible Watch our video for more information on what to do and not do.
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