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The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that large trucks are much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash than passenger vehicles (as opposed to a fatal single vehicle crash).
Interestingly, about 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the United States every year, and of those accidents, approximately 5,000 of them result in fatalities. However, the number of commercial trucks has been growing dramatically every year, and thus the overall number of trucking accidents has been increasing as well.
Some truck accidents are due to maintenance issues with the individual trucks, driver fatigue, inadequate driver training, drunk driving, the use of cell phones and other distractions. In addition, the trucking companies themselves are often part of the cause, as unrealistic schedules, lack of funding for repairs, and other such matters result in serious injuries and fatalities.
Many people who are in a crash involving a semi-truck, tractor trailer, large bus or other commercial vehicle seek a personal injury lawyer, but most do not turn to a lawyer who concentrates on truck accidents. Most people do not realize that tractor-trailer accidents are different from other automobile accidents. The laws and regulations governing trucking companies and commercial truck drivers are specifically designed to protect motorists from the negligence of trucking companies and their drivers.
Accidents involving semi-trucks and passenger vehicles often result in serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, amputation, neck and back injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and wrongful death. These accidents are usually very costly for trucking companies and their insurance companies. Therefore insurance companies quickly send accident investigators to begin working to limit their liability. If you are in an accident involving a semi-truck, it is important to quickly hire an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer.
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