PERSONAL INJURY: 18 Wheeler Accident
Freightliners, commonly referred to as eighteen(18) wheelers, are essential to the transportation of goods around the country, and it is estimated that there are over 2 million of these large trucks operating in the United States today. As a consequence of so many large trucks operating on the country’s roads and highways, accidents involving these trucks occur every day, and those accidents may include personal injury incidents. These vehicles may weigh in excess of 60,000 pounds and when an accident does occur involving an eighteen (18) wheeler, the outcome can be catastrophic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 3,964 people killed and an estimated 95,000 injured in crashes involving large trucks each year. Unsurprisingly, seventy-one percent (71%) of the people killed in these crashes were occupants of the other vehicle(s).
State and federal laws regulate the trucking industry and mandate strict limits on how long a truck driver can operate without stopping for rest and require reduced speeds in hazardous driving conditions. Sadly, many of the crashes involving a large truck are attributed to violations of these laws and/or the negligent actions or inactions by the truck driver, trucking company, manufacturer of the truck or its parts and/or any party responsible for maintenance of the truck. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a large truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation via a personal injury case. Contact an experienced attorney at Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC for your free case evaluation. For more information on our personal injury case capabilities, see our Personal Injury Lawyers page.
By: Justin Cantu