Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuit
By Mary Ann Pekara
With thousands of trucks cruising America's interstate highways and city streets each day, it's no wonder that semi-truck accident lawsuits occur.
If you've been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages to yourself or your automobile.
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Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuit Statistics
Big rigs, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks — whatever they're called, these machines dominate the road. And despite stringent safety regulations, semi-trucks are responsible for an alarming number of accidents.
Consider, for example, the following statistics:
- 500,000 annual accidents. According to traffic safety reports, semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are involved in some 500,000 traffic accidents each year.
- Serious injuries. Of the 500,000 accidents in 2010, 100,000 severe injuries occurred, including 5,000 fatalities.
- Steep rise in deaths. While 5,000 people died in semi-truck accidents in 2010, only about 3,200 deaths occurred in similar accidents two years ago.
- More of the same. Sources claim that the total number of semi-trucks on American highways continue rise by as much as 20 percent each year.
Semi-trucks may be the lifeblood of the American economy, but they can wreak a lot of havoc on our highways.
Filing a Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver, truck company or other negligent parties, especially in the event of a brain or spinal injury.
One major step in winning many truck accident lawsuits is proving that the truck or its driver was responsible for the accident. Thus, the following errors by a truck driver may lead to a lawsuit:
- Failing to obey traffic signs
- Poor maintenance
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving
In addition to driver errors, victims of a semi-truck accident may also file a lawsuit against the truck company if it failed to properly supervise its employee.
The theories that may lead to a successful semi-truck accident claim depend on your state's local injury laws.
For more information on filing a semi-truck accident lawsuit, contact a local injury lawyer today.