During 2007, 1,749 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents in Ohio–the eighth highest in the nation. Nationwide, 24% of all large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2007 had at least one prior speeding conviction according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Don’t let a sudden trucking accident derail your business and leave you without financial compensation. Learn more about some common causes of trucking accidents, what to do if you’ve experienced an accident, and how you can prevent a lawsuit or file a claim you need to protect you and your investment.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Whether you own a tractor-trailer or have recently been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, these accidents are unfortunately common and dangerous in Ohio.
A trucking accident involves any injury or damage sustained due to a collision with an 18-wheeler. Trucking accident law is a specialized version of motor vehicle accident law because truck drivers are professionals.
Despite their professional training, truck drivers face a series of risks that can create dangerous situations on the road. In addition to other factors, here are a few common causes of trucking accidents in Ohio:• Long stopping distance
• Truck weight up to 80,000 pounds
• Narrow field of vision
• Job pressure to travel quickly
• Overly fatigued driver
• Aggressive or impatient driving habits
The stress of the job, natural features of large vehicles, and the driving habits of professional drivers can all increase the chance and severity of an accident. Truck drivers are typically compensated per mile, so they have a financial incentive to drive as fast as possible or, in some cases, faster than the speed limit. Some truck drivers struggle with fatigue as long-haul trips stretch into the night.
Night-time driving while fatigued puts the driver and other drivers on the road at a higher risk of unintentional collisions. When an accident involves multiple vehicles and professional truck drivers, it can make filing a claim very difficult. Establishing fault, filing for compensation, and avoiding liability can all be navigated far more efficiently with a dedicated legal team.
Trucking Accident Statistics
Regardless of the reason for trucking accidents, these scenarios can be fatal, particularly for the driver of the other vehicle. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,440 large commercial vehicles were involved in accidents that lead to fatalities in 2016. A large amount of these accidents, 62%, involved two or more other vehicles. This represents one of the biggest dangers of trucking accidents.
A common cause of trucking incidents is backing up. Up to 24% of accidents involving backing up also involved a tractor-trailer. A backing-up truck creates a dangerous situation with multiple blind points. Because of the complicated nature of backing up and navigating a truck in reverse, nearby drivers may also be unsure how to proceed and act erratically. Whether or not the truck driver was at fault, these accidents can still be fatal and cause extensive financial and emotional damage.
Legal Consequences of Being Involved in a Trucking Accident
Unfortunately, many trucking accidents quickly become major traffic incidents that involve multiple vehicles and a complex web of liability and fault. Whether you or a family member has been involved in a trucking accident, you’ll need legal representation to ensure you’re protected and receive the compensation you need.
Without proper legal protection, you may struggle to receive the compensation you need from injuries sustained. Even with an insurance agent, it’s essential to have a qualified legal team who is working hard to protect you and your legal interests. Unlike an insurance agent, a trucking accident legal team is dedicated to protecting you and assisting you in your claim.
Find Out What Legal Action to Take Today
Contact the Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis today and let our experienced team discuss your case and help you understand what steps to take. Work with a trucking accident attorney in Ohio who understands the FMCSA regulations and can help you file your claim.
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to protect truck drivers as well as those with whom they share the road. However, time and money concerns pressure truck drivers and owners to violate FMCSA regulations. The sad result is more lives lost in tractor trailer accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer or other large truck, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation to discuss your case.* If you have a tractor trailer accident claim you will pay no fees unless we win financial compensation for you.
The Law Offcies of Kevin F. Kurgis Co., LPA are experienced in handling all types of truck accident claims. Claims may include jackknife accidents, underride accidents, and accidents involving driver fatigue. You may have been injured in a semi accident or a collision with a delivery truck, you can rely on our skills and 20 years of experience to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
And remember, “I don’t get paid, unless you get paid.”
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