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The trucking industry is rapidly changing. An ever increasing demand for products and faster turnaround times, coupled with older generations retiring, resulted in what’s known as the trucker “capacity crunch.” Unfortunately, this capacity crunch also means truckers are trying to drive longer distances and taking fewer breaks, which can lead to deadly accidents.
Truck accident injury and fatality rates are on the rise. The National Highway Safety Administration reported that accident rates increased by 18% between 2011 and 2012. Fatality rates have also increased 4%, rising from 3,781 in 2011 to 3,921 in 2012. Whether this is due to the increasing capacity crunch, the rising population, or the deteriorating condition of our nation’s roads, it’s a sad reality nonetheless.
According to the same report from the NHTSA, trucking accidents tend to be more severe in nature than almost any other type of car accident because of the sheer size and weight of the vehicles. The majority of fatal crashes (73%) result in the deaths of the occupants of the other car, while only 18% end in truck driver fatality. Aside from fatal injuries, trucking accidents also commonly cause a number of catastrophic non-fatal injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, and spinal damage.
There are a number of reasons a trucking accident can occur, but some of them may indicate negligence on behalf of the other party involved. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are mechanical failures, inadequate safety measures, poor road conditions, and sleep deprivation. In some cases, the driver of the other vehicle may be responsible, as is the case when drivers illegally change lanes or become distracted. No matter your situation, an experienced truck accident attorney can help identify if there is any negligence involved in your case.
Damages are the award granted to the party in order to compensate them for a loss or injury. Doctor’s visits, time lost from work, property damage, and pain and suffering are all examples of expenses for which you can be compensated. Some of these costs, like medical bills, are easy to calculate while others are less concrete.
Pain and suffering isn’t an easy thing to measure, so the court will instead use a “pain multiplier” to come up with a number. The pain multiplier will be used in a formula to calculate an appropriate amount of compensation for your pain and suffering.
When a trucker is involved in an accident, they radio their dispatcher. The dispatcher then gets the trucking company’s lawyers and investigative team to the trucking accident site within an hour, sometimes even before the police, tow trucks, ambulance, or fire trucks arrive. Their team immediately starts to survey the scene and look for any evidence that can somehow pin the fault of the accident on you. If the large company you will be facing in court is legally defending their case within an hour of the accident, shouldn’t you be too? Call us as soon as you can and we will help you preserve the evidence and protect your side of the case. It is important to be proactive to ensure that you receive fair compensation.
DiMarco Araujo Montevideo has worked in personal injury law since 1979, and we have extensive experience in trucking accident cases. Our goal is to obtain the most compensation possible for your medical expenses and other damages. Whether your accident was caused by low safety standards, mechanical malfunctions, or another driver’s behavior, we’ll help you gather the evidence and substantiate your claim. Contact us today to discuss your case.