When a large semi truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the outcome can be devastating. Large trucks are significantly heavier passenger vehicles, and when the two collide, injuries are often inevitable. In 2019, large trucks accounted for only about 4% of all registered vehicles, but they were involved in 10% of all fatal crashes, a 2% increase from the previous year. Such statistics are shocking, but there are many factors behind this steady increase in fatal truck accidents.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
There are many causes of semi-truck accidents. Some of the most common causes include:
- Roadway hazards
- Brake issues
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Alcohol or drug use
- Talking or texting while driving
- Lack of attention
- Failure to stay in lane
These causes are not the only ones. However, they are some of the most common.
Important Facts About Semi-Truck Accidents
Statistically, passenger vehicle occupants are significantly more likely to die in a truck accident. In 2019, 67% of truck accident deaths were passenger vehicle occupants. Trucks weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles and they have considerably more ground clearance, which can result in a smaller vehicle going underneath a truck during an accident. Trucks also require a greater braking distance, especially on wet or slippery roads. Since truck drivers are often forced to work long hours, fatigue often plays a major role in many crashes.
Common Semi-Truck Accident Injuries
As previously mentioned, when a large semi-truck strikes a passenger vehicle, it is common for individuals in the passenger vehicle to sustain injury. Some truck accident injuries are relatively minor, but others can result in permanent disability and even death. In a truck accident, individuals may sustain the following injuries:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury or paralysis
- Neck and back injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
Some injuries, such as those that impact the brain or spinal cord, can be extensive and expensive to treat. Often, individuals suffering from such injuries require long-term medical treatment, and depending on the extent of the injury, they may be unable to return to work.
Are Truck Accident Survivors Entitled to Compensation?
If you are injured in a semi-truck accident, you may want to consider taking legal action against the responsible party. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may be entitled to legal compensation, which you can use to cover your medical bills and other related expenses. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, you may also be entitled to compensation for your living expenses, as well as your pain and suffering.
To obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve, you may need to hire an attorney. An experienced attorney can help you better understand your legal options and file a suit if necessary. A lawyer can also provide you with the legal counsel and support you need during such a trying time.
If you were injured in a semi-truck accident, you should reach out to a law firm with a history of handling such cases. Here at O'Connor, Runckel & O'Malley LLP, we have extensive legal experience and we are more than ready to assist you with your case. Contact us today to learn more.
Published on behalf of O'Connor, Runckel & O'Malley LLP