The trucking and transportation industry is a huge segment of the United States economy. Every single commercial vehicle on the road is capable of causing unbelievable harm if not driven safely. For example, a semi-truck can often weigh as much as 20 cars put together, which creates a tremendous amount of impact force in a crash.
In 2017, approximately 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. This represented a 9% increase in truck deaths from 2016, and a 42% increase from 2009. Not only can these trucking collisions cause death, but the survivors of these accidents are often left to live with traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, or amputations. These are life-changing injuries.
The vast majority of these injuries and deaths are entirely preventable, and many of them can be attributed to one of the following factors:
- Driver fatigue;
- Dangerous passing;
- Distracted driving;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Failing to properly maintain the truck;
- Insufficient driver training;
- Failing to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations; or
- Improperly loading or securing cargo.
Truck drivers and their corporate employers must follow the rules of the road and the specific trucking regulations that are put in place to protect the motoring public. If they do not follow the rules, then every person on the public roadways is placed in danger of death or serious injury To navigate these cases, you need an experienced lawyer who knows the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations and can hold corporations responsible when those regulations are violated.
The lawyers of Turnbull Holcomb have worked on some of the largest, most catastrophic trucking accidents in United States history. Through this experience, they have the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to properly investigate an accident and to hold not only the truck driver, but also the trucking company, responsible for the full amount of the harm they have caused.
If you have been injured in a trucking or bus accident, please contact the attorneys of Turnbull Holcomb at (404) 793-2566.
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