On any given day in Mesa, you can find a number of delivery trucks, service trucks and semi-trucks traveling the streets and highways, making deliveries and transporting goods. As vital as these commercial vehicles are to timely transportation, they can also prove to be deadly if involved in an accident, especially with regular-sized cars. Because of their considerable sizes and heavy loads, trucks can cause substantial damage and death if involved in a collision. To illustrate how destructive a collision with a truck can be, here are a few statistics on truck accidents in the U.S.:
Truck Accident Facts
- In an average year in the U.S., 130,000 people are injured in truck accidents.
- About 98 percent of all semi-truck accidents result in at least one fatality.
- The average cost of an accident involving a commercial truck is about $59,150.
- Approximately 75 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused by drivers of other smaller passenger vehicles, rather than the truck driver.
- Driver fatigue is to blame for around 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents.
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many potential causes for truck accidents, but here are a few of the most common:
- Overloaded trucks / Oversized trucks
- Poor driving conditions such as rain, snow, fog or ice
- Fatigued drivers
- Failure to yield to the right of way
- Inexperienced drivers
- Poorly maintained brakes or other vehicle safety systems
No matter what the cause of the accident, it’s imperative to take the right steps following the collision. In many truck accidents, trucking companies will conduct their own investigation, which mostly likely will not be in your favor. Don’t rely on that investigation. In order to make sure you can recoup damages resulting from the accident, make sure to contact the proper legal authorities, find witnesses, take pictures and gather any other evidence you can that will help your case. And, of course, your lawyer can advise you on the best course of action after an accident.
Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents
Besides being more likely to cause more damage and result in serious injuries or death, truck accidents are usually more complicated than regular car accidents. Although the same laws of negligence apply, there are vehicle codes that apply only to commercial truck drivers and trucking companies. Because of these special regulations, it is important to find a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the federal and state laws governing truck accidents to maximize your damage recovery.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident, you will need a highly skilled lawyer to fight for your rights. The accident lawyers of SGP Law have plenty of experience dealing with cases that involve truck accidents and helping clients receive the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled. To speak with a lawyer about your case, please contact us today.