Weighing more than 80,000 pounds and measuring up to 75 feet in length, tractor-trailers can be a serious danger on the road. At 20 times the size of typical passenger cars, tractor trailers are difficult to control, especially in inclement weather or during periods of heavy traffic congestion. When tractor trailers and other large trucks are not operated with the utmost precaution and safety, or are not properly maintained, the results are often devastating, and the statistics surrounding tractor trailer accidents are shocking.
The majority of those tragically killed in truck accidents are occupants of other cars, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. In truck accidents involving cars, SUVs and motorcycles, 77% of those injured and 86% of those killed are the drivers or passengers of the smaller vehicles.
The leading causes of accidents by truck drivers are fatigue and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some trucking companies have structured their compensation of drivers to encourage faster vehicle speeds and more hours of consecutive vehicle operation. These practices put the company’s bottom line over the safety of their drivers, as well as other vehicles out on the road.
As the number of truck accidents increases across the country, caused by driver fatigue, speeding, aggressive driving, cell phone use or texting, unsecured loads or defective truck equipment, you, your friends and your loved ones could be at risk.
Truck accidents are intricate cases that require the aid of experienced truck accident attorneys who understand the complicated web of local, state and federal regulations for trucks and tractor-trailers.
Fellows Hymowitz Rice Can Help
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident with a truck or tractor-trailer that was not your fault, you need the experienced truck accident injury attorneys Fellows Hymowitz Rice on your side. We are there for the victims of truck accidents and will fight hard to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your accident claim.
Whether your injuries were caused due an inattentive, distracted or intoxicated truck driver, or due to lax safety regulations and enforcement on the part of a trucking company, Fellows Hymowitz Rice can provide the experienced legal guidance you need. Call us today at 845-639-9300 for a FREE, confidential consultation.
At Fellows Hymowitz Rice, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. In fact, you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. Call today to learn how we may be able to help.
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