Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
Size, speed, and stopping distance may make semi-trucks the most dangerous vehicles on the road. These factors make accidents more frequent and more serious among large trucks than in crashes between passenger vehicles. 2016 saw 3,986 fatalities caused by semi-truck accidents.
Top causes of semi-truck accidents include:
- Defective Brakes
- Overloaded trucks
- Tire blowouts
- Driver fatigue
- Following too closely
- Careless lane changes
Injury crashes involving large trucks totaled 119,000 in 2016, with a total of 180,000 persons injured. Injuries caused by accidents involving semi-trucks may be severely debilitating, resulting in huge medical bills, rehabilitation costs, permanent disability, and inability to work.
Evidence in a Semi-Truck Accident
Key evidence may be present after an accident in the form of recorded data. It is imperative to take action immediately after a collision to gather the evidence before the trucking company can use it against the victim. This evidence includes:
- Black boxes– These are data recorders present in most trucks, used to record speed and other critical information during a crash.
- Truck maintenance records– Failure by the company to keep up with proper truck maintenance is crucial for a victim’s case, and records can show whether a truck’s tires had been replaced or if brakes were in working condition.
- Logbooks– Some truck drivers may keep two logbooks. Drivers are required to record their hours in a logbook, and may have one in which all regulations are followed, and a second one containing the true number of hours. A lawyer can investigate whether a driver followed requirements or not.
These details may be erased by companies looking to alter evidence. The lawyers at Jones Brown PLLC can work quickly to gather it during the critical period after a crash.
Contact Jones Brown PLLC
After a serious truck accident, it’s important to contact an experienced trucking accident lawyer right away so they can begin investigating your case and preserving the evidence. Whether you were in a collision involving a semi-truck, or you are the driver of the semi-truck, you must take immediate action.
You must have a lawyer on your side who knows the rules, and one who will walk you through this process every step of the way. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a semi-truck accident, the experienced attorneys at Jones Brown PLLC can help. To contact Jones Brown PLLC, click HERE.