Determining the liability in an accident involving a large truck can be a difficult and confusing matter. Some drivers are contractors themselves and thus solely liable in an accident. No matter the liability, only one thing remains constant: accidents involving large trucks like 18-wheelers often result in serious injury or even death. Knowing who is… Read More
A lot of drivers feel nervous driving around trucks. They should be. A trucking accident is very dangerous for any vehicle smaller than a truck. Most motorcycle or bicycle accidents involving trucks are deadly. It’s like running into a literal wall.
It’s tragic enough when someone runs into one accidentally. However, sometimes it’s the truck driver that’s at fault. When that happens, you need a personal injury lawyer to help you pursue damages.
On this page, we’ve collected personal injury stories involving truck accidents. All of these stories are sourced from the media and have links back to the original stories. Check out those links for further updates to the story.
Truck drivers have to receive special education to drive a big-rig. Yet in the pursuit of more money, some of them choose to flaunt the rules about driving too much at one stretch. Anyone who has been on a multi-day car trip knows that there’s a time where you must pull over and sleep. Sitting all day in one spot can be quite tiring and that fatigue causes drivers to make serious errors that can lead to a crash.
How can you stay safe? First, keep your distance as best as you can from these vehicles. Follow far enough behind them that you can see their mirrors. When passing them, give extra room in front of the truck before you merge back over. Remember that they make wide turns as well.
It doesn’t matter what the other drivers might think. Your car will be the one crushed if you get too close and the truck makes a wrong move. If you do get injured in a big-rig accident, seek help. Call Chalik Law for a free consultation.
The drivers of big-rig trucks or tractor-trailers possess a commercial driver’s license, and they attend specialized driving schools to learn the skills necessary to drive such massive vehicles safely. That said, accidents do occur, and accidents involving tractor-trailers can be some of the deadliest. According to 2017 data, there were 4,889 large trucks and buses… Read More
Although we’ve all probably committed the offense of speeding at one time or another, it is a practice that can endanger all lives on the roadway. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in the deaths of 9,378 people. This number is approximately a 6% drop in the number from the previous year. Speeding also… Read More
An analysis of truck accidents reveals that each year, approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die each year in accidents that involve semi-trucks or eighteen-wheelers. Additionally, about 700 people in the trucks die each year. 64% of all fatal accidents with semi-trucks involved a truck that was pulling just one trailer. Driver fatigue, distracted driving,… Read More
In most accidents, the issue of liability is typically a clear matter. Usually, the driver found to be at fault holds liability for property damage and injuries. One exception to this is when the accident involves a tractor-trailer. Because of the size of these vehicles and their weight, many of these vehicles cause catastrophic injury… Read More
Driving next to a tractor-trailer can be unnerving for any driver. If that semi-truck were to experience a blowout, it could lead to a serious accident. Most of the time, tire blowouts are caused by debris in the roadway, though they can be caused by improper inflation or tire maintenance. Whatever the reason, when the… Read More
Hydroplaning can be a terrifying thing to happen to any driver. Hydroplaning generally occurs when there is water on the roadway, usually from a recent rainstorm. Water gets between the tires and the roadway, causing them to lose traction. When this happens, the vehicle can begin to spin out of control. Many people panic and… Read More
The debate about which vehicle is safer, a car or a larger truck or SUV has raged for decades. While people point to a higher center of gravity and increased risk of a rollover in a larger truck or SUV, there are some things that inherently make a truck safer. One thing is the size… Read More
Most of us have had an instance where we’ve been driving along an interstate and realized that our exit was coming up sooner than we thought, forcing us to merge across several lanes of traffic. In traffic jams, we’ve seen drivers try and get over right as their exit comes up. In order to ensure… Read More
Truck underride collisions are some of the most horrific and traumatic type of accidents involving large trucks. Reportedly, underride collisions account for one-quarter of the fatalities in accidents involving trucks. An underride collision occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with a straight truck or the trailer of a tractor-trailer semi-trailer combination and runs under the… Read More
Tractor trailed “jackknifing” incidents often make the news and when other vehicles are involved, can prove to be fatal. The term jackknifing refers to when the cab of a semi-truck and its trailer get out of sync and form an “L” or a “V” shape. The shape resembles a knife whose blade folds into the… Read More
10 Daily reports that video footage has been obtained showing the moment a tractor-trailed plowed into a church van killing seven people in Gainesville, Florida. The footage is a key piece of evidence in the investigation being conducted by the NTSB. The agency is attempting to determine the probable cause of the crash. When the… Read More
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers rose to the highest level in 29 years in 2017. This increase came despite a decrease in overall traffic fatalities. In raw numbers, 4,761 fatalities involved tractor trailers in 2017, a 9% increase over the previous year. About 1,300 of those deaths involved… Read More
Despite that tractor-trailer drivers are some of the most well-trained drivers on the road, tractor-trailer accidents are on the rise. They are also some of the deadliest accidents that can occur. While the fault of the accident may lie with other drivers, this does not change the fact that these accidents often involve fatalities and… Read More