Large trucks carrying heavy loads cannot stop as quickly or easily as your automobile. You’ve probably witnessed a semi trying to stop unexpectedly or seen the tar marks after a trucker has had to slam on the brakes. Even the most experienced and careful drivers have difficultly stopping quickly.
According to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately 20 percent of police-reported accidents involving large trucks in 2014 resulted in at least one injury. Nearly 61 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks were on rural roads; 26 percent were on rural or urban interstate highways. 37 percent of these fatal accidents occurred at night.
Bad weather, mechanical issues, roadway problems, and driver errors are all common causes of trucking accidents. Speeding can be especially dangerous, given that it takes trucks longer to slow down or stop when compared to passenger vehicles.
Truck accident injuries are often severe and may require months or years of treatment and rehabilitation. Brain injuries, internal injuries, burns, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, and limb injuries requiring amputation are just a few examples of common truck accident injuries.
As a driver, the best thing you can do is to remain vigilant while on the road. Try to avoid driving near large trucks on the interstate. Allow plenty of room for large trucks on rural roads. Be aware that trucks may not be able to stop quickly in adverse weather conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck accident, contact the experts at Schuerman Law today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.