When it comes to deaths in large truck accidents, the deaths are usually to people in passenger vehicles. This is because people in these smaller vehicles are vulnerable. Trucks can weigh up to 30 times as much as a normal care. They are also taller and have larger ground clearance which means that the smaller vehicles can get stuck underneath the truck in crashes.
Trucks can also have issues with braking, and they can take a long time to break. When bad roads are a factor, the time it takes for a large truck to come to a complete stop is even longer. Another risk factor for truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Drivers are required to only drive up to 11 hours at a time. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers or companies might violate the rules and work longer than they should.
In 2016, there were 3,986 deaths related to large truck crashes. 66 percent of these deaths were to people who were in smaller vehicles at the time. Around 17 percent of the deaths were to people in the trucks.
If you’ve been severely injured in a truck accident that was caused by the negligent actions of someone else, you could seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim. If your accident was caused by another person or entity acting carelessly or recklessly, they could be held accountable to pay for your injuries.
To receive legal help with your claim, call experienced personal injury attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates today by calling (212) 222-1111.
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