With all the semi-trucks transporting goods in the United States, there has been a surge in accidents involving trucks. In 2012, 3,921 fatalities resulted from accidents involving trucks. This is up from just over 3,781 the year before.
Truck accidents have the risk for some serious personal injury and fatalities. Unlike what is assumed, it’s the truck driver’s fault, it is not always the truck driver who is at responsible for these accidents. The semi-truck is not an easy vehicle to maneuver at 13,900 pounds empty and around 80,000 pounds fully loaded for a single trailer load. In addition, there are blind spots that make it difficult for the driver to see if a car is hovering alongside the truck. Cars, trucks and SUVs handle a lot more nimbly than the full truck and trailer. They also stop much slower, so to have a car pull out in front, then slow or stop it can be very dangerous.
Accidents involving semi-trucks can be so much more devastating than an accident involving passenger vehicles because of the weight and speed involved. Recovering from a truck accident doesn’t have to hold you back. Don’t feel like you have to go it alone.
Finding yourself in a situation where you or a loved one has been injured by a truck accident can be overwhelming. Contact a lawyer familiar with truck accidents to help you wade through the legal proceedings so you can get the medical care you or your loved one needs. The Igwe Firm in Philadelphia is here to help.