Truck Accidents

The statistics are alarming

While large trucks are important to American industries, their enormous size poses serious hazards on roads and highways. Every year in the United States, over 500,000 truck accidents occur, resulting in more than 5,000 deaths and 140,000 injuries. These alarming statistics prompted trucking guidelines to be implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which set standards for truck driving duty hours, vehicle safety rules, etc. However, many truck companies and drivers violate these regulations, leading to a rise in truck accidents each year.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a truck accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering.

Common causes of truck accidents

The most common cause of large truck accidents involves driver fatigue, which accounts for about 40 percent of all accidents. However, truck accidents are also caused by a number of other factors including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Driver negligence or error
    • Mechanical defects
    • Decreased visibility in trucks
    • Inability for quick reaction
    • Decreased maneuverability
    • Longer stopping distance

Your legal rights

Truck accidents result in devastating consequences for victims and their families, which may include severe physical, emotional, and financial losses. Those who suffered harm as a result of a truck accident may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for their damages, including the following:

    • Pain and suffering
    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages
    • Loss of income capacity
    • Property damages
    • Other expenses

At Matt Chapel Law Offices, we can help you file a lawsuit and protect your rights and interests. But you need to act promptly as personal injury lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations that limits the time you have to file a lawsuit.

Get your case the attention it deserves and call (260) 387-6236 or (419) 584-1004 today to set up your FREE consultation with Matt Chapel directly.