Semi truck accidents
An 18-wheeler can be over 70 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. On a dry roadway, its stopping distance is about 20 to 40 percent longer than that of a passenger car. On a wet road, it can be up to 50 percent more. A large truck can weigh 20 to 30 times the size of a passenger car.
Truck crash fatality facts
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2015, a total of 3,852 people perished in large truck accidents in the United States, but only 16 percent of those were the truckers themselves. Occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles comprised 69 percent of that number, and another 15 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. More than 95,000 people were injured. Some of them were injured catastrophically. Some common causes of those large truck accidents were:
- Driver distraction while using a mobile or navigational device
- Driver fatigue from not following hours of service rules
- Inadequate maintenance
- Driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions
- Drug and alcohol consumption
Don’t trust the opposing insurer
Never try to take on the insurer of a trucking company or driver by yourself. You’ll only give up rights that you’ll probably never get back. Attorney at Law, Loveleen Dhaliwal is an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how these insurers try to shift the blame for serious injuries and deaths over onto other drivers in efforts to pay as little as possible or nothing at all on an injury or wrongful death claim. That insurance company is likely to have its own investigators on the scene of the crash before the mess is even cleaned up. You need legal counsel who can act fast too, so you can get all of the facts that prove your side of the case.
Evidence can be lost, destroyed or manipulated, and witnesses can vanish into thin air. An emergency court order can be entered for purposes of preserving all relevant evidence. Contact Attorney at Law, Loveleen Dhaliwal right away after any large truck accident. Your entire case could depend on that call.