Truck accidents happen every day. Sometimes, injuries or fatalities result from them. The accidents are often the result of the carelessness and negligence of truck drivers. Injuries from these accidents have serious impacts on the health of victims, and they also affect their ability to make a living and provide for their families. Our accomplished Horsham personal injury attorney has coupled three decades of experience with the knowledge necessary to help our truck accident clients receive the maximum compensation that they deserve for the injuries that they suffered.
Victims of Truck Crashes
A fully loaded semi-trailer is going to be more than 70 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. At or even below highway speeds, that gigantic piece of machinery will demolish any passenger vehicle. Our law firm provides aggressive and effective legal advocacy along with compassionate and caring client service to truck crash victims. If you’ve suffered serious personal injuries as a result of a truck crash, let the Horsham personal injury attorney at the Randy H. Kaplan Law Offices assist in getting you the compensation that you need to put your life back in order.
Some Common Causes of Truck Crashes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study was conducted over a three year period. On a severity level, 23.1% of all accidents involved at least one fatality, and 28.7% of them resulted in at least one incapacitating injury. Here are just a few of the most common causes of those accidents:
- Brake Failure: Tremendous wear and tear occur on truck braking systems. Nearly have of all large truck accidents were traced back to inadequate brake maintenance.
- Worn Tires: We’ve all seen pieces of truck tires on roadways. Poor tire condition contributes to about 15 percent of all large truck crashes. Tire condition has a direct affect on a truck’s stability and braking ability, especially on wet roads.
- Driver Violations and Errors: Excessive hours on the road and log book cheating contribute to drowsy or fatigued driving. Other types of driver behavior like speeding, following too closely or making unsafe lane changes also figure into the equation.
- Overweight and Improperly Loaded Trucks: Stopping distance and stability quickly become issues under these circumstances, especially when the load inside of a trailer shifts.
- Other Mechanical Issues: Poor overall maintenance causes crashes, especially when steering systems and axles are involved.
If you suffered serious injuries or lost a family member as a result of the carelessness and negligence of a truck driver, contact our Horsham personal injury attorney to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. Remember that the insurer on the other side is only looking out of its best interests. You need a respected and effective truck crash lawyer looking out for yours.