Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents can cause serious injury to motorists in passenger cars, as well as to pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicycle riders. Unfortunately, many truck accidents result from actions taken by the truck driver, but innocent motorists are much more likely to be the ones hurt in these deadly crashes.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for losses resulting from the crash. At LongoBiggs, LC, we have the legal knowledge to take on tough cases and we are ready to put our experience to work on your truck accident claim.

Truck Accidents Often Occur Because of Driver Error

Truck drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and throughout the trucking industry, it is generally considered standard practice for drivers to have at least two years of driving experience before they are entrusted with a large tractor-trailer or big rig.

Drivers of trucks are expected to account for the inherent challenges in driving a truck, but unfortunately the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has estimated that driver-related factors play a role in causing 31 percent of truck accidents. Some common reasons for collisions involving trucks include but are not limited to:

  • Tailgating

  • Speeding

  • Distracted driving

  • Drowsy driving

  • Intoxicated/impaired driving

  • Texting and driving

  • Prescription or over-the-counter drug use

  • Illegal driving maneuvers

  • Insufficient familiarity with the truck

  • Unbalanced loads

  • Negligent truck driver

If a truck driver makes these mistakes, breaks FMCSA rules, violates any rules of the road or is simply unreasonably careless in operating a truck, truck accident attorneys can help victims or surviving family members pursue a claim to obtain compensation for any injuries that result.

Compensation in Truck Accident Cases

Truck accidents are more likely to be deadly because of the increased force of impact due to the larger size. FMCSA data reveals that when a fatal accident happens, the victim who is killed is not an occupant of the truck in as many as 85 percent of cases.

Truck accidents can also cause serious injury, including traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and spinal cord damage. The victims of these serious injuries are commonly motorists in passenger cars, pedestrians or bicyclists

When a truck accident causes the death of a loved one, you can be compensated for:

  • Funeral costs

  • Medical expenses

  • Loss of income equal to what the deceased would have earned if the untimely death had not occurred

  • Lost companionship

If the truck accident results in injuries, you may recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills

  • Lost income if the accident necessitates sick time/time off or if it reduces the ability to work in the future

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

Compensation can be obtained not just from the driver of the truck but also, in many cases, from the trucking company or employer.