After a truck accident, you will likely have many questions about your situation. You might wonder if you can ever get your life back on track and what rights are available to you and whether you can ever get your life back on track. Read on for a brief overview of truck accidents, relevant facts and proactive measures that you can take to help remedy your situation.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute reported that 3,660 individuals lost their lives in commercial truck crashes in 2014.
Of those, 68 percent were in other vehicles, 15 percent were pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders, and 16 percent were in semi-trucks.
Commercial motor vehicle accident damages, including property damage, injuries and deaths, cost the nation the following estimated total amounts according to the FMCSA.
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The sheer size of commercial vehicles when they collide with a car that weighs far less than they do means that collisions often result in deadly accidents. The vehicles usually cannot brake in time to avoid an accident, leading to more serious injuries.
While the FMSCA lists various reasons for commercial rig accidents, the following are the most common:
You can take the following steps in order to avoid semi-truck accidents:
In addition, apply common rules of the road, such as using your turn signals, driving defensively, adjusting driving to the local weather and abiding by the speed limit.
If you or a loved one has been in a semi-truck accident, contact our truck accident attorneys for assistance. Our truck accident lawyers understand the devastation that these crashes cause and work with clients to obtain justice, including a truck accident settlement.
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