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Truck Accidents

According to a report compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015. Each day, millions of Americans share the road with large commercial trucks, and as important as these trucks are to our national economy, they’re indisputably dangerous as well. Since large trucks aren’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon, it’s important to acknowledge the serious risks that such vehicles introduce to the roads. Causes of truck accidents As the lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm explain, truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors including the following: Drunk driving: regular crashes caused by intoxication can already be damaging, but crashes caused by 18 wheelers can result in a catastrophic accident with high dollar damages. Financial damages for victims often cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. Truck driver error/negligence: covers instances of reckless driving, cell phone use, improperly loaded or secured cargo, failure to check blind spots before switching lanes, and driving while drowsy. Truck defect or malfunction: defects and malfunctions most commonly fall into two categories—tire defects or brake malfunctions. These issues can be hazardous for truck drivers themselves in addition to other drivers on the road. Trucking company negligence: covers instances in which companies fail to properly maintain their fleet or operate within safety regulations. No-zone truck accidents: covers instances in which companies have failed to train their drivers to check their numerous (“no zone”) blind spots before changing lanes or turning. Given the high-stakes nature of truck accident cases, injured (or otherwise wronged) parties would be wise to consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer before...
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