If you were hit by a delivery truck or other commercial vehicle, like those driven by FedEx or UPS, a personal injury lawsuit may help you. Contact the Kishish Law Group now for a free and confidential case evaluation by using our contact form or calling toll free at 1 (888) 402-5552.
Large trucks are disproportionately responsible for fatal accidents on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, since 2011, deaths in crashes involving large trucks have increased every year. Even more people will be seriously injured in a crash involving a large truck. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report from 2014 showed that from 2009 to 2014, injuries in large truck crashes increased to over 100,000 injured per year.
If you were in a car accident involving a large truck, filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you pay for medical bills or compensate you for lost income due to your injury. Lawsuits may also inspire companies to make changes necessary to keep everyone on the road safer.
Can I sue after being involved in a truck accident?
Yes. Our lawyers and staff will work with you to determine the strength of your case and find out who is legally responsible for your injuries. It is important to contact a lawyer to protect your rights as the delivery company may try to get you to forfeit your rights to sue and settle for less money than you may deserve.
What are truck accidents caused by?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, known risks include braking capacity and driver fatigue.
Delivery trucks frequently weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. These trucks have increased stopping distance, which increases their likelihood of rear-ending slowed cars around work sites or other accidents. Though collision prevention technology is available, many companies have not installed this technology in their vehicles.
Additionally, driver fatigue is a known problem and risk for crashes. Under federal regulations, drivers of property-carrying vehicles are allowed to drive for up to 11 hours straight before taking a break, though surveys show that some drivers cheat these regulations and drive for longer than is allowed.
A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on the cause of large truck accidents showed that in two vehicle crashes where the truck driver was responsible for the crash, 88% of crashes could be explained by driver reasons. Some of these reasons included making an illegal maneuver, legal drug use, unfamiliarity with the roadway, travelling too fast, feeling pressure from motor carriers, and fatigue.
Who is legally responsible for a truck accident?
Many people can be held legally responsible for a truck accident, including:
- The driver of the truck
- The owner of the truck or company responsible for the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck's parts, some of which may have contributed to the accident
- The shipper or loader of the cargo in the truck (if the cargo was improperly packed)
Do I have a truck accident lawsuit?
Thousands of people are injured in commercial truck accidents every year. The lawyers and staff of the Kishish Law Group are determined to get you and your loved ones the compensation and justice that you deserve. If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial truck accident, contact the Kishish Law Group today for a free and confidential case evaluation by calling us toll free at 1 (888) 402-5552 or by using our contact form.
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