In 2007, there were almost a half-million accidents involving large trucks, and nearly 5,000 of those involved fatalities with additional 101,000 involving injuries. From 1997 to 2007, of the fatalities that resulted from crashes involving large trucks, 75 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 8 percent were non-occupants, and 17 percent were occupants of a large truck. Of the injuries that resulted from crashes involving large trucks, 75 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 2 percent were non-occupants, and 23 percent were occupants of a large truck. Put another way, the large trucks usually win.
If a large truck causes an accident, there can be evidence of negligence in the driver’s logs that he or she was driving too long, or evidence that the truck had not undergone scheduled maintenance. Because of the complex nature of these cases, it is important that if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a large truck that you contact an attorney immediately. An investigation must be completed before the trucking company has a chance to repair their truck or remove evidence that could be vital to proving your claim.
At the firm of Michles & Booth, P.A., our Investigation Department has years of experience in responding to and investigating trucking accidents across the Gulf Coast, and know how to gather the key evidence to help you receive just compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a negligent truck driver, don’t be a victim twice. Contact our firm immediately for a free consultation.