Truck Accident Injuries
Commercial trucks are many times the size and weight of the average passenger vehicle. Trucks can weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds and exceed 50 feet in length. The damage these massive vehicles can cause in an accident is extreme. Often passenger vehicles involved in truck accidents are entirely destroyed. Physical injuries resulting from truck accidents are frequently devastating and sometimes fatal. The emotional and psychological damage victims suffer can be just as debilitating.
Because of their severity, truck accident injuries often require long recovery times and expensive continuing care. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Orange County, you need the help of a qualified and experienced attorney.
Trucking Companies Can Be Held Responsible
When a commercial truck is involved in a collision, the law provides that the trucking company that employs the driver is liable and must pay for any damages, including physical injuries resulting from the accident.
We Will Investigate Your Claim and Help you Prove Your Case
To convince the trucking company and its insurance company to pay you full compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and missed work time, words are not enough. You need hard evidence. Unfortunately, the kind of evidence that is often crucial in truck accident cases, like skid marks, road debris and cell phone data doesn’t last long. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side. If you retain the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams, we will investigate your claim to help you prove your case.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many potential causes and factors that contribute to truck accidents. Here are some of them:
- Excessive Speed
- Failure to Properly Maintain Equipment
- Brake Failure
- Overloaded Trucks
- Driver Fatigue and Sleepiness
- Dangerous or Aggressive Driving
- Drug or Alcohol Use
- Dangerous Road or Weather Conditions
- Defective Equipment / Equipment Malfunction
- Unsafe Lane Change
- Inadequate Driver Training
Truck Accident Statistics
- More than 100,000 people are injured in truck accidents every year.
- In 2014, 3,660 people died in large truck crashes.
- In 2014, 68 percent of traffic fatalities were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. Only 15 percent were truck occupants.
- As of 2012, there are more than 10,600,000 registered trucks in the United States.
- A fully loaded tractor-trailer traveling at 60 miles per hour takes about 335 feet – more than a football field – to stop in an emergency. That’s about 40% more distance than a typical car.
Contact Our Orange County Office Today
If you or your loved one are the victim of a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams at 949-679-9909, or use the contact form below and we will respond promptly.