Did you know that an 18-wheeler weighs more than 80,000 pounds? That's 40 tons! They're also 70 feet long. When you think about it, they take up a lot of space on the road, making smaller vehicles more vulnerable. Despite how skilled some commercial truck drivers are, unfortunately, accidents can still occur, and they're more common than you think.
The Institution Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported 4,136 fatalities due to large truck crashes in 2018. Of that number, 67% were car drivers and passengers, while 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois had the most fatalities in traffic crashes involving large trucks in 2016.
According to the Law Office of Thomas J. Henry, companies are responsible for the actions of their employees when their vehicle is involved in an accident. Both the company and the driver could be held accountable for damages. The driver may be held responsible if the accident is caused by negligence. The company may be liable for the following:
- Negligent supervision
- Negligent hiring practices
- Failure to verify proper licensing or certification
- Failure to train drivers properly
- Failure to maintain vehicle
Other causes may include driver fatigue, driving under the influence, driving while distracted, reckless driving, and improper cargo loading.
Injuries and damages caused by truck accidents can be more severe than collisions with smaller vehicles. Some include traumatic head and brain injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, and neck and back injuries.
Truck accidents can bring a significant amount of emotional, physical, and financial stress. The attorneys at the Law Office of Thomas J. Henry have handled many 18-wheeler accidents over the past two decades and continue to do so. They understand the ins and outs of trucking companies and have the expertise and experience needed to get you the compensation you deserve.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Thomas J. Henry are available 24/7 to hear your case. Contact them at 877-978-1740 or www.thomasjhenrylaw.com for a free consultation.