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Large Truck Accidents

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A Look Why These Crashes Happen and How They Impact Victims

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Large Truck Accidents

  1. 1. A Look Why These Crashes Happen and How They Impact Victims LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS
  2. 2. Big Rigs = Big Impact Large trucks are infamous for their potential to cause damage on our roads. However, these trucks are essential to commerce and transport in the United States. We rely on tractor-trailers to ship goods, and we trust those driving them to do so in the safest manner possible. But what happens when things don’t go according to plan...
  3. 3. Fast Facts on Large Truck Crashes  Every year, more than 100,000 people are injured in crashes involving large trucks in the United States.  Nearly three-fourths of victims in large truck crashes are the occupants of the smaller vehicle.  Approximately 4,000 people are killed in crashes involving large trucks every year in the United States.  On average in Maryland, approximately 8 people a year lose their lives in crashes involving large trucks.
  4. 4. Why Large Truck Accidents are Often Serious The heft and size of a large truck means they carry the potential to cause an incredible amount damage in a crash. Tractor-trailers are also more difficult to drive, requiring greater distances to come to a complete stop and being more cumbersome when changing lanes or making turns. These factors are part of the reason why crashes involving large trucks are often more severe than crashes involving other vehicle types.
  5. 5. How Large Truck Accidents Happen While every crash has its own set of contributing factors, it’s true that most crashes are due to human error. People are prone to making mistakes. When we’re behind the wheel, particularly of a large truck, those mistakes are especially costly. Let’s look at a few common causes of large truck accidents…
  6. 6. Distracted Driving Driver distraction has always been a problem for motorists, but its prevalence has grown with the emergence of mobile devices, navigation systems and other gadgets commonly found in vehicles. Taking our minds, hands or eyes off the road for just a couple of seconds can have disastrous consequences.
  7. 7. Drowsy Driving Driver fatigue is a major concern in the trucking industry. Driving a truck is a very demanding job. Drivers are constantly required to drive long distances, for long periods of time, to meet those demands and to make ends meet. These factors, along with the prevalence of sleep disorders like sleep apnea, make drivers susceptible to fatigue.
  8. 8. Speeding While many trucks are equipped with speed limiters (electronic devices that cap the speed of a vehicle), speeding is still a major contributor to crashes involving large trucks. Speed limiters don’t curb speeding when posted limits are lower than the maximum speed a limiter allows. For example, if a truck is equipped with a 63-miles-per-hour governor, the truck can still exceed a 35-miles-per-hour limit. Speed limiters also fail to address driving too fast for conditions, such as bad weather and heavy traffic congestion.
  9. 9. Other Forms of Reckless Driving Drivers of all kinds can have bad habits behind the wheel. Examples of reckless driving practices include:  Veering in and out of lanes  Failing to signal before changing lanes  Following another vehicle too closely  Failing to adhere to traffic signs and signals.
  10. 10. Examples of Serious Injuries in Heavy Truck Accidents Truck crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries for those involved. Injuries might include:  Traumatic brain injuries  Back or spinal injuries  Complex bone fractures, such as hip, wrist, knee or ankle fractures  Amputations/loss of limbs  Burns  Internal organ damage.
  11. 11. Legal Options for Crash Victims When someone is injured by a negligent truck driver, they can file a personal injury claim to get the compensation they deserve. These cases are more complex than those involving only passenger vehicles because there are so many rules specific to commercial vehicles, which vary from one state to another. It’s best for someone interested in filing a claim to search for an experienced truck accident attorney who practices law in their state.
  12. 12. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Maryland, contact Steven H. Heisler to schedule a free consultation. Our firm has years of experience helping clients get the compensation they deserve. Fill out our online form or call us at 410-625-4878 today to get started. Contact Steve Heisler to Learn More About Your Options