Trucking Accidents & Semi Collisions
At Crossen Kooi Law, our Semi Truck Accident Lawyers are well versed in the complex issues that develop following Indiana Truck Accidents and Illinois Trucking Collisions.
Large trucks are often referred to as big rigs, tractor trailers, 18 wheelers or semis. No matter what large trucks are called, all involved in American business recognize they are an essential component of the United States economy and business industries. Performing tasks that include everything from the transport of raw products and the delivery of finished goods (including agricultural products, textiles, chemicals and manufactured goods), large trucks are an irreplaceable component of this countryâs transportation network. Semi trucksâ value exists in their versatility of size, shape and cargo. Because they are flexible in design and transport, trucks can go places other vehicles (such as trains and planes) cannot.
Although their utility is undeniable and unmatched in the transportation marketplace, so too is the danger they can pose when not properly operated. The danger of semi trucks is found not only in their numbers, but also in their construction and use. Big trucks carry significant weight, which in turns reduces their control and stopping distances as well as the damage they can cause when involved in impact collisions and accidents.
The Financial Impact after an Accident with a Semi TruckWhile clearly the first order of business following an accident with a big rig is the retention of immediate and competent medical services, the effects caused by a collision with a big truck can linger well beyond the emergency room. These damages can include property damage, lost wages, loss of future income, medical bills, incidentals, etc. Once a victimâs health is stable, they should immediately consult with an experienced Indiana trucking accident lawyer to initiate the process of gathering evidence, protecting their rights and initiating the financial recovery process. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a truck or auto accident, please contact our firm to obtain a free consultation regarding your rights, potential claims and what is necessary to ensure efficient and effective recovery of your damages.
Large Truck and Semi Tractor Trailer Statistics
Nearly 500,000 large truck accidents occur each year on United States Roadways
Out of those 500,000 accidents and collisions, approximately 5,000 fatalities involving semis occur
Out of all traffic collision and accidents on United States roadways, nearly 12% involved large trucks or big rigs
While there are limitless reasons and causes of semi truck accidents, our experience in representing victims of these accidents has shown us some repeat issues and problems which include, but are not limited to, the following:
Driver Error (in-cab distractions such as talking on the phone, texting, adjusting radio controls, consumption of food/drink, etc.)
Tiredness, fatigue or lack of sleep
Improper training, lack of driver experience or failure to follow training
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, intoxication
Disobeying traffic control signals, statutes or regulations
Equipments failure, defects or lack of maintenance
Failure to appreciate and/or heed the dangers of poor weather conditions
In our experience representing victims of these serious accidents involving big rigs, we have learned some important lessons. First, there is no such thing as too much preparation, precaution or patience for a semi truck driver or their employers. Second, failure to heed safety rules, regulations and laws can and will cause injuries. Safety rules and regulations are in place for a reason. Failure to acknowledge or follow the same can and will lead to the results those who put the rules and regulations in place were trying to avoid.