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Motorcycle Accidents Involving Trucks

Almost everyone has a fear of becoming involved in an accident with a truck whether it’s a tractor trailer, 18-wheeler or large delivery truck. Although some people have faith in these trucks and will not hesitate to drive in between them, the statistics do not justify such faith. The number of these large vehicles on the road has steadily increased and there has been an increase in the number of accident involving these lethal road weapons of approximately ten per cent between 1992 and 2002, the last period for which statistics are available. In spite of legislation to control speeds and other dangerous factors there continues to be an increase in the number of accidents that involve these large trucks.

When you compare the number of accidents involving trucks to the number of hours on the road, it doesn’t look alarming, but at the same time even one accident is too many, especially when you look at the severity of the accidents involving large trucks. In most cases the accidents are preventable and should never have occurred in the first place. Some of the more common causes of accidents involving tractor trailers, 18 wheelers and other large trucks include the following:

  • -Fatigue or error on the part of the driver
  • -Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • -Transporting oversized loads or loads that are unstable
  • -Equipment failure
  • -Careless driving
  • -Failure to adhere to inspection standards
  • -Disregard for traffic laws
  • -Transporting of dangerous or hazardous loads
  • -Unreasonable delivery deadlines

In most cases the victims who survive accidents with large trucks suffer extensive property damage as well as serious back, neck, brain and/or injuries to the spinal cord that require significant changes in the victim’s lifestyle and abilities. Statistics say that someone is killed or injured every 16 minutes in an accident involving a truck and that one out of every nine accidents on the road involves a truck. Almost half of fatal accidents that involve tractor trailers with 98 per cent of fatalities involve people in passenger cars.

In accidents that involve tractor trailers or other large delivery trucks you need to obtain information about the driver and the company or employer unless the driver is an independent. In these cases you are more than likely going to have your personal injury lawyer file a lawsuit against the driver and the company or employer. The company or employer has to assume responsibility for the actions of its drivers. If they cause an accident because of negligence or disobeying the law, someone must be held responsible in addition to the driver. You want to provide all of this information to your personal injury lawyer so he can proceed with contacting everyone and filing the proper paperwork. The more information you can provide, the quicker the case can move along and the better your chances are of winning. The information you provide your personal injury lawyer will help him file the proper paperwork for your case.

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