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How Safe are Moving Trucks?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on August 17, 2021

A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. The sheer size and weight of the vehicle means it requires far more distance to come to a full stop, and semi-truck drivers must be experienced, alert, and have driving such a large, heavy vehicle under control. An accident with a large commercial truck often leads to serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries to other drivers and their passengers – much more rarely, the truck driver is injured. When sharing the road with commercial trucks, any driver of a regular vehicle must be on high alert – it is that dangerous.

Truck Accident Facts – The Shocking Statistics

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) issues reports regarding crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the USA. The most recent report reveals that there were 538,000 truck collisions in just one year – a staggering number. Of these collisions, 119,000 led to injuries, and 5,005 resulted in fatalities. In Mesa County, truck collisions can occur on Interstate 70, US Highway 6, US Highway 60, or State Highways 139, 141, 330, 340, or on city streets in and around Grand Junction.

Why Do We Have a Truck Crash Epidemic?

Various factors contribute to the high numbers of truck accidents in Mesa County and the rest of the country:

  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Unsafe lane changes or merging
  • Intoxicated driver (drugs, alcohol)
  • Distracted driver (texting, cell phone use, eating, grooming, etc.)
  • Faulty safety systems (brakes, tires, etc.)
  • Uneven load
  • Poorly secured cargo

Who is Liable? How do you File a Claim?

The first step to pursue compensation for all damages after being injured, or when a loved one has died from injuries sustained in a truck accident is to determine the liable party or parties. The facts surrounding the collision must be evaluated carefully, including police reports, data accessed from the truck’s “black box” to reveal speed, etc., cell phone data, blood or breath tests performed on the driver, and any information regarding the truck’s braking systems, or the securing of cargo. After the data is reviewed, a claim or lawsuit can be filed against all liable parties, which may include:

  • Trucking firm
  • Truck driver
  • Truck owner
  • Truck maintenance firm
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck parts manufacturer
  • Firm that loaded the cargo on the truck

Several experts may be called upon to provide critical information regarding the extent of the injuries, the scope of the financial losses suffered by the injured or the family of a person who died, and a dollar value given to all damages, both economic and non-economic. These damages include:

  • Economic damages: The financial losses associated with the inability to work, diminished earning capacity, the cost of medical care, and all other hard costs.
  • Non-economic damages: The impact on the life of the injured person can be significant, including pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, disfigurement, amputations, and others.

Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death Cases

If a close family member died after a truck accident in which another party was at fault, specific family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim to pursue justice and compensation for the impact of the tragic, avoidable loss of life. If a fair settlement is not offered, a lawsuit can be filed. These cases allow the family to seek compensation for the cost of medical care before the death, funeral and burial costs, lost future income that person would have earned, and the pain and suffering of the victim before death, and experienced by the close family members filing suit.

Your Attorney for Truck Accident Cases in Mesa County

At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our legal team is dedicated, experienced, and professional. We genuinely care about the clients we represent and go above and beyond in our level of personalized service and care in truck accident cases. The first step in seeking justice, along with full and fair compensation, is to ensure you have legal representation that is committed to seeking the maximum in compensation.

Call a truck accident lawyer at Peters & Nolan, LLC at (970) 243-4357 today if you or a family member was injured or died in an accident with a commercial truck.

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