Accidents with commercial trucks can be devastating. These trucks are large and weigh much more than traditional passenger vehicles. If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to compensation. At Townsend Law LLC, we are dedicated to helping injured clients get through difficult times like this. Contact us today so we can conduct an investigation into your case.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) statistics for 2017 (the latest year of data available) show that around 148,000 people were injured, and 4,761 were killed due to large truck accidents during the latest reporting year in this country.
When we turn to data from the Missouri Department of Transportation for that same year, we see that there were over 13,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles. These incidents led to 122 fatalities and more than 4,000 total injuries.
In many cases, truck driver negligence is to blame for these accidents. Truck drivers often operate outside of FMCSA regulations regarding how many hours they can drive per day or week. This can lead to them operating while fatigued. Other accidents are caused by distracted truck drivers or drivers operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Trucking companies have a duty to regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle in order to prevent failure while the vehicle is on the roadway. Companies also have a duty to ensure drivers are properly trained and that those drivers follow all federal and state rules and regulations.
The FMCSA says that large trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded with cargo. When we consider that the average passenger vehicle weighs 4,000 to 5,000 pounds, we can see why these incidents are so devastating. Drivers and passengers in traditional vehicles often sustained serious injuries in an impact with a large commercial truck. It is not uncommon for our truck accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following:
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the negligence actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to significant compensation. At Townsend Law LLC, our team is ready to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened in order to secure the following on your behalf: