Truck accident attorney David I. Fuchs has more than 20 years of experience in successfully representing victims and their families and friends who have suffered a death in the family or sustained serious bodily injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills because of the carelessness or negligence of a truck or tractor trailer driver.
More than 150,000 Americans are injured or killed in truck accidents every year. Interestingly, only about 5% of the vehicles on the roadways are large trucks. However, that small percentage is involved in a little less than 30% of fatalities in multiple-vehicle crashes.
When motor vehicles collide with large trucks, everyone involved faces a much higher risk of death or serious injury. About 700 truck drivers lose their lives every year to multiple car crashes on busy roadways.
Financial Implications of Truck Accidents
One important factor to consider when discussing tractor trailer accidents is the large financial impact:
The National Safety Board has estimated an average cost for an accident involving a truck to be more than $200,000.
A total of more than $35 billion is spent every year for the cost of large truck accidents.
Weight vs. Fatalities
Studies have found that heavier trucks, alone or including cargo, are more likely to result in a fatality in the event of a truck accident. For example, a truck that weighs 100,000 pounds is more than twice as likely to kill someone in a crash as a truck weighing 70,000 pounds.
When a 100,000-pound truck brakes, it travels approximately 30% farther than a 70,000 pound vehicle.
When traveling downhill, the more a truck weighs, the more likely the brakes are to fail and cause a crash.
The heavier a vehicle, the higher its center of gravity, therefore higher trucks are much more likely to roll over.
High Death Risk of Tractor Trailers
Accidents involving large trucks injure and kill thousands of Americans each year. Large truck collisions often cause gas tank explosions, rollovers, and jack-knife accidents. More than 80% of passengers involved in truck crashes are injured, and even more are killed. The three main reasons for these crashes are:
A third of all big rig accidents are caused by fatigue. Driving while tired often is considered to be a leading cause of trucking accidents—more than alcohol or drugs.
The National Transportation Safety Board released statistics detailing the evidence showing that truck drivers need proper sleep to successfully reach their destinations.
The NTSB’s research also shows that drivers who choose to sleep in shorter blocks actually are not getting adequate sleep for optimum performance.
Reckless driving involves tailgating, changing lanes improperly, not yielding to a right of way, ignoring traffic signs, and making U-turns illegally.
Mechanical failures can sometimes cause large truck accidents. Tail lights failing to work can cause a rear-end collision, or brakes failing can cause the truck to slam into the back of the vehicle in front of it.
It would not be uncommon to find yourself involved in a serious collision. If you do, contact Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer David I. Fuchs, who will represent you for:
After a truck accident, you must call the police to the accident scene and seek immediate medical treatment. Then, you should seek legal counsel to protect your rights by calling attorney David I. Fuchs, who will take your call and speak with you immediately about circumstance. David will then stand ready to fight for compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages, and medical bills.
Call South Florida truck accident lawyer David I. Fuchs toll-free at 800-570-2858 for a free consultation to discuss your accident case. You also may write to David by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page.
If you cannot come to our office in Fort Lauderdale, David will send a representative to see you. We speak English and Spanish. Se habla inglés y español.
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