Injuries Caused by Large Trucks
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Did you know that approximately 8 out of 10 people injured in collisions with large trucks are occupants of other vehicles, as opposed to truck occupants? 9 out of 10 people killed in truck accidents are occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians (according to nationwide statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for multi-vehicle truck accidents in 2012). Truck accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries, primarily due to the immense size and weight of semi-trucks, tanker trucks, tractor-trailers and big rigs. These commercial vehicles may weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds with special permits. Pitted against a typical passenger car or even an SUV or light truck, they can cause considerable damage.
If you were injured in an accident with a large truck, it is never too early to consider involving an attorney. After seeking medical attention, you may wish to find out what legal options you have in pursuing maximum financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings and other losses you may have experienced. A McAllen truck accident lawyer can help you with your insurance claim, handling all communication with any claims adjusters and also managing all contact with law enforcement, the trucking company and other interested parties. This level of involvement will allow you to focus your energy on healing and recovering.
The injuries associated with large truck accidents are often severe and are most frequently experienced not by the truck driver but by the occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists. Some potential truck accident injuries include:
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries / brain damage
- Facial trauma and dental injuries
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations and contusions
- Crush injuries (multiple bone fractures, soft tissue damage, etc.)
- Amputation / loss of limb
These injuries will vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the collision, including the force of impact, the location of impact on the victim's vehicle and the crashworthiness of the vehicle (its ability to protect occupants in a collision). Other factors, such as the type and amount of cargo a truck is carrying, may also influence the severity of a victim's injuries. Hazardous and extremely heavy cargo increases the chances of catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
Truck Accident Injury Attorney Serving McAllen, TX
Truck accident statistics reveal just how much of an impact these collisions have on individuals and families across Texas and throughout the U.S. A 2014 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers insight regarding large truck accidents that occurred in the U.S. in 2012. This includes traffic collisions with trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more. According to this report, 104,000 people were injured in traffic accidents with large trucks in 2012. 3,921 people were killed in these collisions.
The majority of people injured and killed in truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles and non-occupants (pedestrians and bicyclists), further evidence of the hazard large commercial vehicles pose if negligently operated. Of multi-vehicle truck accidents in 2012, more than 90% of fatalities were occupants of other vehicles (81.2%) and non-occupants (11%). That same year, more than 80% of injured parties were occupants of other vehicles (79.2%) and non-occupants (3.1%).
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility to drive safely and to comply with state and federal trucking regulations, to reduce the occurrence of truck accidents and protect truck drivers and others on the road from harm. Unfortunately, demanding work schedules, careless truck operators and trucking companies more concerned with profits than safety may violate these regulations and cause serious collisions. When this happens, the McAllen truck accident attorneys at our firm are prepared to seek justice on behalf of injured parties. To learn more, contact Stern Law Group.