Large trucks are a vital part of the American workforce and economy. With commercial trucks transporting goods all across the country and other large construction or municipal work trucks, many jobs require the use of these large vehicles. However, large trucks also pose the risk of traumatic injury if they’re involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle or pedestrian.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 475,000 accidents involving large trucks reported to police in the U.S. in 2016. Of those accidents, 3,864 were fatal crashes and 104,000 involved some form of personal injury.
At the Kelleher Firm, our experienced personal injury lawyers know just how devastating truck accidents can be. The mere size and weight of large trucks increase the risk of severe injury when involved in crashes with smaller vehicles. And as the statistics above show, the potential for fatal crashes are real too. That’s why we use our experience to help those who have suffered serious injury as a result of an accident with a truck and help you and your family get the compensation you need to get your life back.
When a large truck causes an accident through some form of negligence, you have the right to take action and pursue a personal injury claim for damages and injuries caused by the accident. There can be many reasons for a truck to cause a crash, some of the most common we’ve experienced include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver error
- The inexperience of the truck driver
- Impairment of the truck driver
- Poor truck driver training
- Inadequate maintenance of the truck
- Overloaded or poorly-loaded cargo
- Distracted driving
Of these common causes, the FMCSA determined that most large truck crashes happen as a result of:
- The truck driver moving outside of their lane or off the road altogether
- The truck driver losing control of the truck because of cargo shifting, speeding, or vehicle system failure
- The truck rear-ending the vehicle in front of it because of following too close
It’s important to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer if you or someone you love was injured in an accident caused by a large truck. Truck accident cases can be complex because of the many entities that may be liable for the accident. There are also state and federal laws that may come into play depending on the type of commercial truck and if it’s from out of state. Our attorneys have a history of successful verdicts and case results so you can be sure that we’ll fight for you to hold the responsible party liable while pursuing the maximum compensation you deserve.
Please call the Kelleher Firm today if you’ve been injured because of an accident with a large truck. You can reach us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 833-546-3675 to schedule your free consultation today. We proudly serve those who live in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, and other nearby areas of southwest Florida.