Overview of Truck Accidents

Truck crashes result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities more often than other highway accidents. Truck accidents are responsible for nearly 5,000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries in the U.S. every year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Large trucks are generally defined as commercial vehicles with over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Although some truck accidents are caused by poor weather conditions, poorly maintained roads, or similar factors, a large majority of truck crashes result from the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies. If you were injured in a truck accident, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries from the negligent truck driver and/or trucking company responsible for causing the crash.
The high incidence of serious injury in truck accidents is primarily due to the disparity in size and weight between large trucks and other motor vehicles involved in the collision. The majority of motor vehicles on U.S. highways are cars, light trucks, and vans, which are designed to withstand impacts with similarly-sized vehicles, not with 80,000-pound trucks. Therefore, truck accidents often produce catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injury and paralysis, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, and loss of limbs. Victims of truck accidents who are left with debilitating injuries that lower their quality of life deserve to receive compensation for those injuries.
Because of the hazards associated with operating large trucks, owners and drivers are held to a higher standard of care in maintaining and operating their vehicles. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sets forth rules, which work to promote the safe operation of large trucks and ultimately reduce truck crashes. The CFR limits the number of consecutive hours a truck driver may work, prohibits overloading or improper loading of cargo, and sets minimum standards for proper truck maintenance and driver certification. However, truck drivers and trucking companies often fail to observe these rules, thereby placing the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians in danger.

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