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Truck accidents have the potential to cause needless injuries and significant and expensive damage. Like most auto accidents, truck accidents are impacted by road and weather conditions but are most commonly caused by driver error.
Nearly 37 million commercial trucks were registered for business purposes in 2018, according to the America Trucking Association. Although statistics vary depending on the source, a November 2018 article in HD Fleet Magazine indicted that the average cost of a commercial truck accident with one injured person is nearly $150,000. This cost more than doubles when the accident involves a semi-truck pulling one trailer, and to roughly $7 million when the accident involves a fatality.
When tractor-trailers and buses are driven carelessly, they can become lethal weapons with the potential to significantly injure other drivers or pedestrians. Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles, a collision between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck can be disastrous, even fatal. The resulting costs can take a tremendous toll on the lives of the people involved and their families. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a crash, our truck accident attorneys in Michigan are available to help. Bashore Green Law Group has won millions for injured clients and offers 24/7 accessibility to clients in their time of need.
How Truck Crashes Occur
Most truck drivers work hard to make a living and take careful precautions to drive safely. The truck accident lawyers at Bashore Green Law Group understand this. However, there are a small minority of truck drivers or companies that do not take these same precautions.
Too often, accidents occur because of one or more of several reasons:
- Driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver was fatigued from driving too many hours
- Driver operated the vehicle unsafely
- Driver made an error in judgment
- Driver was fatigued from driving too many hours
- The truck experienced equipment failure
- Truck was carrying a large, unstable load
- Truck failed to meet current inspection standards
- The truck had defective equipment
These and other contributing factors pose a serious safety risk to the rest of us on the road. Special trucking safety regulations apply to truck drivers and their employers. Motor carriers are required to train drivers regarding applicable regulations and to have adequate management systems in place to monitor their compliance. Violations of these regulations can constitute negligence.
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If the negligence of a truck driver has adversely impacted you, let Bashore Green Law Group help. Our team of professionals is committed to getting you justice and in making sure that your medical bills do not have to come out of your pocket, depending on the type of auto insurance you have.
Let us help you work through your truck accident case and get you the financial support you deserve in Michigan and Metro Detroit.
Q:Why do truck accidents cause severe injuries and fatalities?
A:Some commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds thanks to their size and the cargo they’re transporting, a massive difference from the average 3,000-pound passenger vehicle. The weight and size of trucks mean more force is applied in crashes and tends to involve several other vehicles, resulting in property damage, injuries, and sometimes, death. Drivers and passengers of other involved vehicles tend to suffer more injuries than truck drivers.
Q:What are some common types of truck accidents?
A:Trucks can cause rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, and other common types of accidents like other vehicles. However, they can also cause crashes that are unique to trucks. Rollovers are a unique and disastrous type of crash that occurs when a truck rolls onto its side or roof as a result of losing control or speeding. Others include override accidents, which occur when a smaller trailing vehicle becomes lodged beneath the truck, and jackknifing, which involves the truck folding in on itself.
Q:When can the trucking company be held responsible?
A:Trucking companies can be held accountable for negligence in certain situations. For example, if it can be proved that they failed to adequately train their drivers and that this negligence contributed to your accident and injuries, they may be at fault. Companies can also be liable for damages if they failed to inspect their trucks for errors or malfunctions before allowing them to be driven.
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