In the United States, over 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year, resulting in over 5,000 fatalities. One out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a collision with a large commercial truck, semi, or big rig. If you’ve been injured, contact a Longmont trucking accident lawyer today for a free consultation.
When a large commercial truck collides with a much smaller passenger vehicle, those in the smaller vehicle are 85% more likely to suffer fatalities. A loaded semi-truck can weigh in at 80,000 pounds versus just 3,000 pounds for the average passenger vehicle. As you can imagine, the smaller vehicle is often crushed by the sheer force of the truck’s weight and speed.
Despite new laws limiting the number of hours driven, many truck drivers routinely keep two sets of logbooks. Demands on truckers are severe. Customers want products quickly. And the trucking company wants a fast turnaround on loads to increase profits. The truck driver only gets paid for time spent behind the wheel. These factors add additional pressure to drive an unsafe number of hours—resulting in serious and often fatal trucking accidents.
Injuries sustained in trucking accidents are usually catastrophic and life threatening, including:
Those injured in trucking accidents may end up with huge medical expenses, which usually exceed insurance limits. Work is often missed and some may never be able to return to their former jobs. Lost wages, both present and future, can be devastating for families. In addition, trucking accident victims often suffer serious physical and emotional trauma, lasting months, years, or a lifetime.
Trucking companies are notorious for bringing in a team of attorneys and experts in an attempt to shift the blame. There can be more than one defendant in many trucking accident claims. The unique factors and complexities of trucking accidents require specialized knowledge and experience.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you need an attorney who will aggressively protect your rights and answer your questions. Statutes of limitations apply, so time is of the essence. We want to ensure you obtain an equitable settlement and can face your future without fear. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.
The factors which most commonly contribute to serious truck accidents are:
A full third of truck driving accidents can be tied to fatigue on the part of the truck driver. The hours of truck drivers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This entity limits drivers to eleven hours behind the wheel within a fourteen-hour period, with a required ten-hour rest period. Anyone who has ever driver for eleven hours straight understands why many feel that number should be lowered.
Truck drivers are also subject to the same distractions as all drivers. Truck drivers may eat while they drive in order to avoid the time it takes to stop and eat. They may talk on their cell phone, attempt to read a map, change radio stations or set their GPS, all while driving. In some cases, drivers are simply not experienced enough to be on the roadways despite the fact that training and background checks are required.
If you’ve been involved in a Longmont trucking accident, you and your passengers likely suffered serious injury or death. You may be very anxious about your future and uncertain how to proceed. The truck accident attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee understand the difficulties you are facing and want to help. We have the experience necessary to deal with more than one defendant common in a trucking accident, and have the resources necessary to fully investigate your accident.
At the Longmont law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, we want you to turn your burden over to us and trust that we will zealously protect your rights and your future. Whether your truck accident occurred in Longmont or elsewhere in Colorado, we want to help you obtain an equitable settlement. For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, call (720) 494-0444 or send us an e-mail today.
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