Trucking accidents are vehicle collisions involving tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and other commercial vehicles that cause personal injury and property damage.
Although trucks make up less than 5 percent of all registered vehicles nationwide, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that more than 13 percent of all fatal crashes on U.S. roadways involve at least one large commercial truck or bus. When people talk about truck accidents, most are thinking of big rig, 18-wheeler trucks. These kinds of trucks certainly do more than their share of damage. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Other types of trucks also cause devastating accidents, including:
- Cement trucks
- Dump trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Tow trucks
- Delivery trucks
Not only can the vehicle cause damage, but the products in them or on them can also cause severe injury to both parties. The truck driver is not the only party who can be held liable for a truck accident. Depending on the circumstances, other possible parties might include such as:
- The driver of another vehicle
- The trucking company that hired the driver or loaded the cargo
- An alcohol vendor (a bar) that sold alcohol to a driver who caused a DUI accident
- A government agency
Truck drivers cause many, if not most, truck accidents by violating one, or more, of a multitude of state and federal regulations that govern the trucking industry. But no matter what kind of truck caused the accident that injured you, Castel & Hall knows how to fight for your right to fair compensation.
Accidents are standard on the road. They could hit other trucks, cars, or vehicles on the road. If the accidents happen, you are entitled to compensation and should seek legal help from Castel & Hall, where we can help with personal injury costs. For example, adequate medical care can be expensive and time-consuming after a crash, and a severe impact can even lead to injuries requiring physical therapy. By coming to us, we can help you receive compensation for your damages, whether it be physical or psychological. We can also help with the payment for your damaged vehicle that some insurance won't cover.