Large trucks take part in a high % of automobile accidents & deaths. According to the IIHS, in 2010 over half a million large trucks as well as commercial vehicles were involved in accidents. Those accidents led to over 10,000 severe injuries and over 5,000 deaths. Unfortunately, the trend lines indicate a growing problem. The same data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from 2009 data indicated only 3,200 deaths, representing a startling forty-five percent increase in just one year. The issue is likely to continue to rise as industry insiders confirm that over twenty percent more trucks are anticipated to be on the road this year.
A large truck is any truck that weighs more than ten thousand pounds- and are referred to as semis or tractor-trailers. Due to their extreme size, crashes involving large trucks are more likely to end in serious injury and fatalities, than accidents involving only street cars. Roughly 10% of individuals wounded in a big truck crash die. Large trucks are also more prone to be involved in more than one auto accident per year, than are street cars.
Both federal & state regulations govern the safety of the trucks’ equipment and the drivers’ hours. Trucking organizations are instructed to keep records of this information. Faulty equipment & driver fatigue can be causes of multiple-vehicle crashes. Truck drivers also show basic negligence which leads to accidents, for example speeding, improper lane changes, and failure to see the cars around them while making left and right turns.
It is important to seek the help of a Chicago truck accident lawyer any time you are hurt in almost any one of these motor vehicle accidents. The legal professional can help explain exactly how the facts of your specific case might play out in negotiations with the trucking company or insurer. Just as well, you can learn whether or not the filing of a lawsuit is necessary to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
At The Horwitz Law Group, we have successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for clients who have been hit head-on by trucks, resulting in brain damage and other behavioral issues as well as permanent loss of normal life, pain and suffering, and inability to return to work.
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