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Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial truck accidents have potential to be more catastrophic than an accident between two personal vehicles. A fully loaded commercial truck (such as a big rig or dump truck) can weigh 25 times as much as a typical car, sometimes even more. This drastic size and weight difference means most big rig truck accidents with other vehicles result in serious, even fatal, injuries.
If you are involved in a truck accident where the truck driver was at fault, you may be entitled to damages including monetary compensation for physical, emotional, and financial losses resulting from the accident.
The Unique Dangers of Commercial Truck Accidents
While, statistically, truck drivers are generally much more careful on the road than automobile drivers, large truck crashes still accounted for 4,995 fatalities and 106,000 injuries in 2006 (according to the U.S. Department of Transportation). These accidents are often result of unforeseen road hazards or the negligence of other drivers and not the fault of truck drivers.
Truck accidents can become even more dangerous depending on the freight the truck is carrying. If hazardous or flammable materials (such as gasoline or industrial waste) are involved in an accident, secondary injuries can result.
Special Considerations In Truck Accident Cases
The operation of large commercial trucks on highways and roads presents unique dangers that are not a consideration with ordinary passenger vehicles.
Jackknifing — Large vehicles, such as eighteen-wheelers, are prone to jackknifing under certain conditions. This can occur very easily in instances of sudden braking and turning. The driver of a truck that has jackknifed (or other would-be defendants) may be not be held negligent if the jackknifing was caused by unforeseeable slick road conditions, or an abrupt turn to avoid a hazard in the road.
Turning Accidents — Commercial trucks have a poor turning radius, and they often requiring the use of two lanes to make a right turn. This can make it difficult to determine negligence, but some courts have held that driving a big rig in this manner (turning from an inside lane or occupying two lanes) is sufficient to establish the truck driver’s fault.