Almost 75% of America’s resources are transported by trucks and roughly 15.5 million trucks operate each year in the United States. Despite being one of the most regulated industries, collisions with semi-trucks, tractor-trailers or other types of large commercial trucks have increased each year over the past decade.
A fully loaded semi-truck weighs approximately 80,000lbs. When they are poorly operated, maintained or managed, semi-truck accidents are catastrophic and often result in serious bodily injury to those involved.
Truck Accident Liability
When it comes to determining liability in a trucking incident, the matter could get complicated quickly. The trucking industry is heavily regulated to ensure safety, so how is it that so many trucking accidents still manage to occur?
The answer is simple: trucking companies and truck drivers can cut corners when it comes to their safety culture, driver training, driver service hours and truck maintenance. While this can save money, it also increases the risk of a semi-truck accident and makes our highways dangerous.
Common Causes for Accidents
The majority of trucking accidents are 100% preventable. Often, trucking accidents occur due to:
Driver distraction or intoxication;
Poor driver training;
Poor safety standards; and
The Longo Firm is Here to Help You
Being involved in a semi-truck accident is something that could lead to serious physical injuries. Your attorney needs to have the special knowledge and experience in handling trucking cases. The Longo Firm has extensive experience in litigating against trucking companies and holding them accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a negligent truck driver, please call us.
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