18 Wheeler, Big Rig Accidents
Stockton Accident Lawyer
“Big-Rigs” trucks are one of the largest vehicles out on the road, spanning up to 75 ft in length and weighing up to 80,000 lbs. Due to their massive size, they can cause severe damage and devastating injuries if they were to be involved in a vehicle collision. Roughly 5,000 people die each year in these accidents, making it a much higher rate than an auto accident. Statistics show that the number of tractor trailer trucks on the roadways has been increasing, meaning the accidents have been as well.
Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road and because they need to ensure they arrive at their final destination at the right time, often, these drivers are deprived of sleep. Big-rig collisions occurring as a result of lack of sleep account for about 30% of all truck accidents. Other common causes of these collisions are speeding, failure to yield, tire blowout, overloaded trucks and drunk driving. And although these drivers have to have certain licenses and certifications to operate these trucks, the long hours, blind spots and excessive cargo can easily cause an accident.
Some other negligent factors that cause these collisions are speeding, truck overturns, backing up, brake failure, transporting heavy equipment with trailers, loads that shift weight, mechanical failure, and cell phone misuse. Big trucks need more time to stop and maneuver many roadways so any distraction can be a dangerous one.
Severe injuries and fatalities occur in these types of accidents such as blunt head trauma, spinal cord injuries and amputations. It’s important that if you are in one of these accidents, you contact an experienced attorney who will get you compensated in the way you deserve.
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