The causes of tractor trailer accidents vary. But when a large commercial truck collides with a car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian, it almost always results in serious injury or death. When it is out of control, the sheer size and weight of a large truck makes it a deadly weapon.
Unfortunately, large trucks are often involved in deadly accidents because of the driver’s negligence or recklessness. Special licenses are required to drive commercial motor vehicles. Federal and state laws regulate how commercial trucks are operated. But accident investigations show that training and regulations are too often ignored.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you may have a right to recover funds for your medical expenses and other losses. The team of lawyers at Munley Law have helped tractor trailer accident victims throughout the Northeast get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
When Tractor-Trailers Cause Wrecks
There are many reasons why large trucks cause wrecks. Often the reason is negligence or recklessness on the part of the truck driver or trucking company, such as:
- Aggressive driving
- Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limits
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving (i.e. cell phone use)
- Impaired driving (i.e., alcohol and drug abuse)
- Failure to inspect tires and brakes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a large truck as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds. The most recent statistics show that 333,000 large truck wrecks occurred in the U.S. in a one-year span. These accidents killed 3,921 people and injured another 104,000.
Tractor trailer accidents can cause a variety of serious injuries or death. Those who are injured face a long, painful, and expensive recovery such as:
- Loss of wages
- Extensive medical bills and therapy
- Possible funeral costs
Insurance rarely covers all of the losses and expenses that result from a tractor-trailer wreck. Trucking, hauling, and leasing companies often seek to minimize payments by disputing victims’ insurance claims. Trucking firms and insurance companies often use tactics that can add to the trauma and expense of being in a commercial motor vehicle crash.
When negotiations fail to achieve adequate funds for victims, the pursuit of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is the proper course of action. Our truck accident attorneys have won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including many multimillion-dollar awards.
Contact Our Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you may have a right to recover money for your medical costs and other losses. The Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers of Munley Law, represent tractor trailer accident victims throughout the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Contact us now for a free initial consultation. We’ll discuss your legal options for obtaining money for the losses you have suffered in a trucking accident.