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Johnson / Jensen LLP

Posted on May 7, 2017

Big Truck Accidents Demand a Specialized Approach

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Posted on May 7, 2017 by

Semi and Car driving

The average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 5,000 lbs. A semi-truck can legally carry loads 16 times that weight.

Think of a moment when you had a difficult time stopping your car or truck. Perhaps there was low visibility due to fog or rain. Maybe some unexpected ice on the road. It’s possible you were even distracted in some way, trying to avoid an accident at the last possible second. As much damage as a car collision would have caused, think about how many times it would be multiplied if a tractor-trailer was involved.

You simply can’t prepare for such an event—even if you’re a safe driver, you could still be the victim of a devastating accident. Tire blowouts, shifting cargo, and driver fatigue are some of the most common reasons for tractor-trailer crashes, which means circumstances beyond your control can put you at risk.

Truck Accidents Graph

In 2015, over 415,000 crashes were reported involving a large truck, and 20 percent of them resulted in injuries.[1] Such totals are on the rise, as fatal crashes from large truck accidents increased 6% from 2010’s totals. Given the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, the severity of any injuries and the extent of resulting property damage is much greater than in your typical car crash. This is why having someone on your side who knows the difference is crucial for making sure you’re properly taken care of in the event of an accident.

Johnson Jensen is uniquely suited to handle large truck accident cases. With years of expertise and experience, our dedicated legal team is well educated on the rules and regulations in place at the federal and state levels. We’re also committed to walking with you step-by-step through your recovery, as trusted professionals who will keep your best interests in mind through the entire process.

Large truck accident cases will hinge on being able to prove driver negligence, which means that the driver was at fault for one reason or another. It’s important to be aware of federal and state regulations for the trucking industry, as they are the standards by which judges will rule in your potential case. Knowing the ins and outs of hundreds of regulations involving driver log books, licenses, cargo inspections, and other considerations is essential in arguing cases against trucking companies that often have their own investigators and photographers involved as well.

If you’ve been injured in a large truck accident, the attorneys at Johnson Jensen are the legal experts you want by your side—ones who will listen carefully, advise thoughtfully, and work diligently on your behalf. Call us with your questions or schedule a free consultation at 317-269-7799.

 


[1] https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2015