One out of every eight traffic-related deaths and four percent of all injuries in auto accidents involve large commercial trucks – also known as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and big rigs. In a recent 10-year period, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes rose by 10 percent. Tim Caress and Caress Law Group have the necessary experience in handling trucking and auto accident cases; as a result, as we understand the complexities of these cases and how to properly investigate and pursue them against large trucking companies and their insurance carriers.
Trucks are larger and heavier than other cars on the road, which explains why 77 percent of those injured and 86 percent of those killed in large truck collisions are the drivers or passengers of smaller vehicles, including cars, SUVs and motorcycles. Those victims and their families are left to face a life-changing tragedy, while the trucker often escapes with minor injuries.
There are many different reasons for accidents involving large trucks, including negligence on the part of the truck driver or the other vehicles involved. Others include:
An 18-wheel truck traveling at 70 miles per hour has twice as much energy as one at 50 mph. In addition, automobiles are designed under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to encounter like size vehicles, not 80,000 pound trucks. Added hazards include the absence of rear and side bumpers and high front bumpers that punch into automobile passenger compartments. Together these factors account for the high percentage of serious injuries and deaths in these crashes.
Lawsuits based on accidents and collisions involving trucks, semis, tractor trailers or big rigs involve complicated laws and large amounts of complex science and evidence. Because the trucking industry is heavily regulated, an accident involving a truck is significantly more complex than an automobile accident case.
The truck driver and/or the company responsible and at fault for causing the accident may be responsible. This includes the truck driver and the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the shipper, as well as any other driver, person or entity who in anyway contributed to the accident, such as the manufacturer of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, the manufacturer of a tire that contributed to the accident, or the owner of any public or private property whose negligence contributed to the accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking or auto accident, we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can, but you have to take the first step and reach out to us. You may be concerned about whether you have a case or not, or you may feel a bit overwhelmed by all that may be involved with a claim, or you may be uncomfortable with contacting a lawyer at all. We completely understand. Please know that we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation, no matter how big or small it may be, and no matter whether it turns out to be a case that we can help with or not. If we don’t think that you have a case where we can help, we will tell you that and we will explain to you why. On the otherhand, if we do think that you have a case, or that you may have a case, we will tell you that as well, and we will also discuss with you how we may be able to help you. Whatever your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us and know that we view it as an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help you in any way that we can.