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Trucks, semi-trucks and 18-wheelers fill the nation’s highways. These enormous vehicles often carry heavy or hazardous loads. It takes just one overworked truck driver or improperly loaded vehicle to cause a disaster. A collision with a truck can result in extensive physical and emotional damage for drivers, passengers and others on the road.
Victims of truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries; however, there are many complexities in trucking law. If you have been injured in a truck accident, due to the actions or inaction of another, then it is important to seek legal counsel from Flint Cooper’s experienced truck accident attorneys for the best chance at obtaining the compensation you deserve.
We encourage you to schedule a free consultation with Flint Cooper at 866-461-3220 to discuss your legal options.
Flint Cooper’s Truck Accident Practice
The truck accident attorneys at Flint Cooper fight tirelessly to help victims of truck accidents. With over 30 years of experience representing victims of catastrophic accidents, our attorneys are capable of obtaining compensation for our clients with a high rate of success. Many firms push clients to settle their cases quickly so they can move on to the next case. With Flint Cooper, however, a truck accident victim can trust that their attorney will continue to fight, even if that means going to trial.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Due to their size and the potentially catastrophic nature of a collision, truck accidents can result in many different types of injuries. Common injuries from a truck accident may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Survivors of truck accidents may also suffer emotional and psychological trauma, such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The severity of injuries sustained in a truck accident can vary widely, but they often require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing care. This can result in significant medical expenses and loss of income, making it challenging for victims and their families to cope with the accident’s aftermath.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large truck accidents caused 4,965 fatalities in the United States in 2020, with 71% of the victims being occupants of other vehicles. The NHTSA also estimated that there were about 146,930 people injured in truck accidents.
There are many factors that may contribute to truck accidents, including driver fatigue, distracted driving, improper loading and equipment failure. Trucking companies and drivers must be aware of these risks and take appropriate steps to address them, such as complying with federal trucking regulations.
The trucking industry is subject to various regulations designed to promote road safety. These regulations include rules governing driver qualifications, hours of service and vehicle maintenance.
For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has hours of service regulations, which limit the number of hours a truck driver can work in a given day and week. The FMCSA also requires drivers to take breaks and rest time from driving. These regulations are designed to reduce driver fatigue and improve road safety.
The FMCSA also regulates the recording of a truck driver’s daily activities in a logbook. This logbook details a driver’s driving hours, weekly work hours, 24-hour distance, off-duty intervals and vehicle inspections. Unfortunately, some drivers, whether prompted by employers or independently, falsify logbooks, favoring profit over safety.
Other truck-related regulations cover maintenance, load securement and driver training. By complying with these regulations, trucking companies and drivers can help minimize the risk of accidents, and ensure that they operate safely and responsibly.
Liability in a Truck Accident
Victims of truck accidents must prove liability to recover compensation in a truck accident case. Liability refers to who is responsible for the accident and who must compensate the victim for their damages. Generally, depending on the cause of the accident, an injured party must prove either negligence or strict liability to recover compensation.
Truck accident victims rarely know how to prove the legal standard of liability in court. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Flint Cooper guide clients through the legal process. Our experienced attorneys will craft a strategy to demonstrate the responsible party’s liability.
Flint Cooper’s truck accident lawyers also handle insurance company negotiations. However, when insurance companies refuse to give victims an acceptable offer, Flint Cooper’s lawyers do not hesitate to take the case to trial.
Flint Cooper applies its knowledge and experience to win trials, not just collect settlements, further strengthening its reputation of providing clients around the world with exceptional counsel and unparalleled advocacy.