If you were hit by a semi-truck, you’re probably wondering what to do next. You may be wondering if you can sue the truck driver. The answer to this question is, of course, that it will depend on the circumstances of the accident. If you’ve suffered an injury, you may be able to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Truck accident victims often suffer severe injuries and should not have to face the cost of the injury and medical care in addition to recovering.
If you are asking whether you can sue for being hit by a semi-truck in the Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC areas, call the lawyers at Regan Zambri Long today to schedule a free consultation. Our truck accident attorneys have experience litigating semi-truck injury claims. Our team can help guide you through the recovery process, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
The most obvious difference between truck accidents and car accidents is the higher risk of severe injuries and fatality because of the size and weight of a truck. On average, the weight of a car is just a little over two tons, while the weight of a cab and an empty trailer on a semi-truck is about 17.5 tons or 35,000 pounds. This means that the impact of a collision with a semi-truck when traveling at the same speed as a car is 4.5 times greater than an average car.
As a result of the truck’s size, insurance coverage for commercial trucks is not the same as for cars. The minimum coverage limits for trucks are much higher for trucks. This makes working with insurance companies for semi trucks different than working with insurance companies for smaller passenger vehicles. Semi-truck insurance companies are more aggressive about investigating the facts and evidence regarding trucking incidents, which makes working with them difficult and time-consuming.
The number of collisions with semi trucks and cars is increasing. The National Safety Council has found that, in 2020, there were 4,842 fatal crashes in the United States with large trucks. This is up 33% since 2011, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projects that fatal accidents with large trucks have gone up another 13% since 2020.
According to the Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration, the most common causes of semi-truck accidents are mechanical failures, reckless driving, driving in locations where the driver is unfamiliar with the roadway, drowsy driving, distracted driving, changing cargo shifts, bad weather, inexperienced drivers, and hazardous cargo.
Truck driver negligence is the cause of many accidents. Truck drivers, more than other vehicle drivers, are affected by fatigue because of the nature of the hours driven. Trucking companies are responsible for keeping drivers safe by limiting the hours spent driving without breaks or sleep. Negligence in the form of reckless or irresponsible driving, as well as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is another leading cause of trucking accidents.
Another leading cause of truck accidents is mechanical failure. Trucking companies have the responsibility of making sure that the truck is in good working order before they are roadworthy. Most mechanical failures, like tire blowouts or defective brakes, are preventable and failure to take adequate precautions is negligence.
Operation of a semi-truck requires training because maneuvering big trucks takes skill and practice. Some types of accidents specific to semi trucks are:
Because of the size of semi trucks, injuries are often significant and often fatal. Some of the most common injuries associated with truck accidents are:
You should take specific actions after your accident to help your chances of success in a future lawsuit. We suggest taking the following actions:
Every accident is different and liability for a truck accident can be complicated to determine, but your lawyer will be able to review all the relevant evidence and determine who was responsible for the accident. Truck drivers and trucking companies are held to higher standards than average drivers, which is beneficial in a claim against them. Some of the most common parties liable in truck accidents are:
Regan Zambri Long has a history of securing maximum compensation for its clients. One of Regan Zambri Long’s trucking accidents settled for $3 million after a woman suffered an amputation resulting from a semi-truck accident. However, the answer to how much your claim is worth will depend on the circumstances of your specific accident. You can rest assured that with the experienced lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, your claim will be thoroughly investigated, negotiated, and litigated if you do not receive a favorable settlement.
If you are considering filing a legal claim for your injuries from being hit by a semi-truck in the Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC areas, one of the many experienced lawyers on our team can help. Our team of lawyers will build your case and gather all the evidence necessary to win your claim, and we are confident that we can reach the settlement you deserve. Our lawyers often operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are compensated for their services only after you win, and the amount owed is based on the amount you win at trial. Call Regan Zambri Long today or contact us online for a free case evaluation.