Truck accidents happen regularly on the roadways. While they don’t happen as often as crashes involving passenger vehicles, they are more likely to result in fatality.
It is estimated that 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. In 2010, truck crashes caused 3,413 deaths. Of those, 72 percent were people in another vehicle and 13 percent were pedestrians and those on motorcycles and bicycles.
Believe it or not, most truck accident fatalities occur on roads other than interstates. Semi trucks account for just 4 percent of registered vehicles but 9 percent of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents.
Have you been a victim of a truck accident? If so, you need to act quickly to preserve your legal rights. The Burton truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law can help.
Truck accidents can be caused by many factors, including the following:
Sixty percent of truck accidents involve no driver error. In cases where the truck was the cause of the crash, 87 percent involved truck driver fatigue. However, of all fatal truck crashes, only 1.4 percent were caused by truck driver fatigue. The risk of a crash doubles for drivers who have been on the road for longer than eight hours.
In a typical car accident, fault is usually pretty easy to determine. It’s either one driver or the other. But in a truck accident, things are much more complicated. There are multiple parties that could be held liable for a truck accident, including the truck driver, trucking company, cargo loading company or manufacturer. Plus, semi trucks are governed by federal laws, so it’s possible that a law was broken when the crash occurred. This could mean the possibility of criminal action.
To find the cause of the accident and ensure that the appropriate parties are held liable, the police or an independent investigator will investigate and even reconstruct the crash. This is done particularly if the crash resulted in serious injuries or death. The investigator will look to see if any crimes were committed and determine who should pay the victim for his or her damages.
The costs involved with a truck accident can be great, which is why a thorough investigation is critical. When a truck accident does not involve a fatality, the average cost is around $62,000. When a death is involved, the cost can exceed $3 million.
Any type of motor vehicle accident can lead to injuries, but the impact of a truck accident can lead to fatality due to the size of the truck and the load. If you suffered serious injuries and other damages, you could be eligible for compensation.
Recovering compensation from a truck crash can be challenging without the right legal help. The Burton truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law can help you recover the compensation you need for injuries and other damages. Contact us at Nickola Law at (810) 767-5420 to schedule a free consultation.
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