Large trucks and commercial vehicles play a vital role in our nation’s economy. Living in the Crossroads of America, Hoosiers share the road with trucks and commercial vehicles every day. 18 Wheelers and commercial vans use Indiana highways to transport goods across the country.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) reports there are around 219,112 roadway crashes each year, with 911 fatalities. Commercial vehicles were involved in 16,910 of those accidents, which resulted in 152 fatalities and 3,297 injuries. Commercial vehicles include large trucks, pickup trucks over 10,000 pounds, package vans, etc. Of those collisions,14,877 involved a large truck, of which 125 were fatal crashes and 1,860 had injuries.
Among the most common causes of trucking catastrophes are:
Fatigued, sleepy, or tired driver; driving too long and too many hours without rest.
Inadequate training of the truck driver
Poorly maintained truck brakes
Inexperienced Truck Driver
Failure to yield the right of way
Aggressive driving behavior
Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights
In one recent year, 457,000 trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds were involved in traffic crashes in the United States. That year, 4,669 trucks were involved in fatal traffic accidents resulting in 4,289 deaths.
Of the fatalities that resulted from truck accidents involving large trucks, 78 percent were occupants in another vehicle, 8 percent were non-occupants, and 15 percent were occupants of the large truck.
At Wade Law, we believe commercial drivers and trucking companies should be held accountable when they are responsible for causing accidents and injuries. The unfortunate reality is that some trucking companies and drivers fail to adhere to the rules and regulations that are there to keep the roads safe.
When drivers and companies are under economic pressure to meet deadlines or to complete contracts, they can make poor decisions that impact the safety of others, such as foregoing inspections, overloading trailers, operating without required safety equipment, or committing similar infractions.
The sad fact is that large truck accidents often involve very serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and permanent disablement, or even death. Fortunately, commercial insurance policies carrier higher limits than passenger vehicle limits. Wade Law will pursue claims so that our clients obtain all that they are entitled to.
We can help truck accident victims recover:
Loss of Income,
Pain and Suffering,
Punitive Damages if the motor carrier has acted especially egregiously in ignoring public safety.
Wade Law is pleased to offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. To learn more about how our firm can help, call our office in Carmel, Indiana today. You can also send us an email.