How 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents
Given their size and large cargo loads, these trucks have the unfortunate ability to cause much greater harm and damage compared to a car. While 18 wheelers don’t account for a larger percentage of accidents compared to automobiles, they do tend to create much more severe accidents than regular vehicles. Cases involving 18 wheelers may include claims for wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage.
18 Wheeler Truck and Bus Crash Facts
As our roads continue to expand and traffic increases, the number of large trucks and buses on the roads increase as well. According to the latest report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. This is a 9-percent increase from the previous year. The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent in 2017.
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Common Causes of 18 Wheeler Accidents
Even though 18 wheeler accidents are statistically less likely than a standard auto accident, the causes and consequences tend to be drastically different from an accident with a normal sized car. Here are a few common causes of accidents with 18 wheelers:
- Improper training/inexperienced driver
- Reckless Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Improper cargo loading
- Overworked, Fatigued Drivers
Experienced 18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys
At Walton Law Firm, we understand the trucking industry and the law, as well as the unique issues associated with these types of cases. We have in-depth knowledge of the trucking laws, including the requirements for logging hours, rest periods, maintenance requirements, training and other requirements. Attorney Trip Walton has spoken at numerous seminars across the country regarding tractor-trailer collisions and related Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler, large truck, or bus, get the professional help you need to achieve justice for your case. Contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today.