In the United States, the commercial trucking industry plays a massive role in exporting and importing goods nationwide. Recognizing the integral involvement that the trucking industry has in our economy, it should come as no surprise that millions of commercial truck drivers travel on American roadways each day. Unfortunately, when accidents involving these large vehicles occur the results can be disastrous. Due to the sheer size difference between a commercial truck and a standard motor vehicle, the injuries suffered in these accidents tend to be severe or even fatal. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a collision with a commercial truck, it is important to seek legal assistance to protect your rights to compensation.
Injury Statistics and Commercial Trucking
According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 4,136 Americans died in commercial trucking accidents in 2018 alone. Out of all of the commercial trucking fatalities that occurred that year, only 16 percent of those who died were commercial truck drivers. In other words, the overwhelming majority of people killed in these accidents are other travelers. Despite the fact that commercial trucks only make up a small portion of vehicles on the road, 11 percent of that year’s car accident fatalities were a result of large truck crashes. If a family member suffered fatal injuries in an accident involving a commercial trucker, you may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a collision with a commercial truck, a skilled attorney can assist you in securing the personal injury compensation your family needs to pay for medical expenses and potential loss of income (if the injured party was an income provider).
Negligence in Commercial Trucking
As is the case with most motor vehicle accidents, someone is considered liable for causing the accident. In the commercial trucking industry, the negligence is often attributed to the driver or the trucking company itself. Common forms of driver negligence include operating a vehicle while inebriated, failing to adhere to commercial truck driving hour limits, and driving their vehicle on roadways with unsafe grades. The most common forms of company negligence include overloading a commercial truck and failure to provide the vehicle with proper maintenance. When seeking compensation after an accident involving a company employee, it is important to ensure that you have strong legal representation.
Contact an Appleton Commercial Trucking Accident Lawyer
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our firm is dedicated to helping our clients receive the compensation they need. A car accident can be a traumatic and life-changing experience for an entire family, and your family deserves compensation for injuries and property damage. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled Green Bay personal injury attorney, call us today at 920-739-7366.