Published: March 12, 2017
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 3,978 large truck and bus accidents occurred in 2014 resulting in a fatality. While this number has decreased from the 2013 statistics, the number of large trucks involved in an injury crash have increased from 86,000 accidents in 2013 to 93,000 in 2014. Bus injury accidents have decreased since 2013 but there were still 11,000 bus accidents resulting in injury. With the sheer number of crashes resulting in injury and death, it is easy to understand that many people and their families are being affected by these accidents.
Truck drivers must obtain a Commercial Driver's License in order to legally operate the tractor trailers on the public roads and highways. Training, experience, and skill all play into how safe these drivers are on the roads. These are just a few of the factors that should be investigated when evaluating any potential claim against a trucking company.
Additionally, there are many federal regulations imposed on the commercial trucking industry. Many of these are enacted for safety purposes. Many of these regulations can be found online: eCFR. A violation of any of these regulations can be used to prove liability and strengthen the crash victims case for compensation.
Given that these trucks are much larger than the typical consumer vehicle and carry much larger loads the injuries that can result can be severe.. The injuries that could occur include:
In many cases, the more serious the resulting injury the more complex the case may become. This is partly driven by the insurance adjuster for the at fault party. It is important to have someone on your side to deal with the insurance company who can accurately evaluate your claim in order to maximize your recovery.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a large truck/bus accident then call the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Vanderpool Law Firm for a free consultation. Utilize our knowledge and experience to maximize your recovery. Call us today at (574) 268-9995.