Recovering Compensation For You Following Truck Accidents

Semitrucks and tractor-trailers are on almost every road in the US. Overtired drivers, poorly maintained trucks and trailers and unpredictable weather and road conditions can cause major accidents and worse.

Every year, an overwhelming majority of fatal traffic accidents involve trucks and trailers. While there is a substantial amount of law in place to keep our roads safe, there are still so many factors that contribute to this unfortunate statistic.

What The Statistics Say About Trucking Accidents

Accidents involving commercial trucks occur when large trailers collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Over 500,000 truck accidents occur each year in the United States. Of these total truck accidents are a high number of deaths that total approximately 5,000 each year. One out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) releases data about truck accidents every year.

More than $500 billion was made in trucking revenues this past year, and the revenues are estimated to double by the year 2015. This is good news for the economy, but bad news for any other vehicle or passenger on the road with these commercial trucks. Tractor-trailer accidents involving fatalities to individuals of passenger vehicles occur 98 percent of the time.

How Trucking Accidents Happen

What can go wrong on the road? Here are a few things trucking accidents are attributed to.

Trucks:

  • Overtired drivers
  • Imbalanced or overweight payload
  • Jackknifing

Trailers:

  • Untrained drivers
  • Slower brake times
  • Rollovers

Contact Us To Speak With An Attorney

Unlike with car accidents, a case involving a truck or trailer driver requires a great deal of evidence and expert testimony before a suit can be filed, and the process is a lengthy one. If you or someone you know has been involved in a traffic accident involving a truck or trailer, please call our Hartford, Connecticut, law office at your earliest convenience so I and my staff can start fighting for your rights. Contact The Law Offices of John Cantarella, LLC, by calling 860-513-2192 to set up an appointment with me, experienced personal injury lawyer.