Over 80 percent of all communities in the US rely exclusively on trucks to deliver all of their fuel, clothing, medicine, and other consumer goods. Commercial trucks are essential to business in America, but given the size and weight of their cargo coupled the long hours demanded of truck drivers, they can also prove to be lethal on the road.
The high demand for more efficient, profit-driven means of transportation can lead to ignored safety protocols from tractor-trailers to big rigs and eighteen-wheelers. This creates serious problems should one of these vehicles weighing over 80,000 pounds lose control and collide with a passenger car.
It’s important to keep in mind that these commercial truck drivers are professional drivers held accountable by safety regulations and more stringent laws governing how they drive. Often, they disregard these laws either operating these multiple ton vehicles on little sleep or failing to maintain the safety of their vehicles.
Subsequently, commercial truck accidents often result in significantly higher and more costly property damage. Even worse, victims of these truck accidents are likely to sustain serious injuries such as brain damage, spinal injuries, and death.
Accidents involving large trucks are responsible for upwards of 5,000 deaths each year according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Although Federal statistics relay that large 18 wheelers or semi’s account for 3 percent of auto accidents in the United States, a staggering 12 percent of them of those accidents end in death.
It is an unsettling fact, but commercial truck accidents are simply more likely to cause death as oppose to minor or even severe injuries. If someone you loved has been killed in a commercial truck accident, speak with a personal injury attorney before you file any claim. Deaths are hard to mourn and the financial burden that can accompany a death only makes it harder.
The Beverly Hills Injury Firm employs Los Angeles personal injury lawyers who have storied success in taking on the large corporations and for obtaining justice for their clientele. If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident of any kind, please reach out to the Beverly Hills Injury Firm.
Call our office today at 310-77-5287 to ensure that you receive the proper care and compensation in a timely manner.