After two years in which a pandemic kept the majority of American car drivers homebound, motorists and truckers are now sharing highways and byways again on a regular basis. Increased traffic means a higher likelihood of truck traffic accidents. If you drive a passenger car, you need to give trucks a wide berth, since such large vehicles create high accident risks for everyone on the road.
The Doctor Lawyer Team wants to help protect you from serious accident injuries, property damage, and legal complications. Our veteran-owned Connecticut law firm combines ample legal and medical experience to defend your personal injury case in court.
Below, our experienced truck accident attorneys provide an overview of what you should know about truck wrecks and truck accidents..
Commercial trucks are substantially larger than any other vehicle on the road, so understanding their dangers can help keep you safe. Here’s what you should know to stay out of harm’s way:
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were approximately 510,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2019 (note that this was the year before COVID-19 lockdowns were in place). Of that number, there were 4,479 fatal crashes (1%) and 114,000 injury crashes (29%).
As one would expect, most deaths in truck accidents happen to people who were not riding in the truck. In the truck crashes of 2019, the largest percentage of fatalities (82%) were passenger vehicle occupants, bicyclists, and motorcyclists, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation that was analyzed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
As the IIHS notes, “Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes.”
Understanding what causes truck wrecks can help you avoid them. You cannot stop all accidents, though preventive measures can help you stay out of a barrelling truck’s path.
The IIHS reports that most truck accidents in 2019 occured on major roads between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Most of these crashes happened on weekdays, particularly Thursdays.
You may not always be able to avoid driving at these times, though you can practice extra caution to avoid a catastrophic accident with a truck.
A truck accident lawyer can assist you by seeking maximum compensation to help cover your medical bills, property damage, and emotional suffering. A truck accident attorney will analyze your case, collect evidence, manage your claim, and advise you through all legal actions.
After an accident involving a big rig, you should immediately begin searching for truck injury attorneys. Legal claims or lawsuits against trucking companies and their insurance companies can be complicated, so it is best to have a knowledgeable truck accident attorney on your side to navigate the process.
Your online search for a “truck accident attorney near me” has brought you to the right place: The Doctor Lawyer Team. We offer the medical background of a board-certified neurosurgeon and the legal experience of a former judge and federal prosecutor. We work hard on your behalf to seek the maximum compensation for your injuries. Additionally, our cases have impacted safety improvements in motor vehicles, so your case may help prevent future accidents from happening to anyone else.
Call us today at (860) 829-9467 or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we are paid only if we recover a settlement for you. We serve clients throughout Connecticut.
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