18 Wheeler Truck Accidents
About 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents in Massachusetts
Boston Area Tractor Trailer Truck Accidents & Wrongful Death Attorneys
The maximum legal operating weight of an eighteen-wheeler is 80,000 pounds. Contrast these 40 tons on eighteen wheels with the average motor vehicle weighing 5,000 pounds and it’s no wonder that catastrophic or fatal injuries usually result from a collision with a tractor-trailer.
Most people don’t realize the number of accidents that occur every year involving eighteen-wheelers. Although plains, boats, and trains are used to transport goods throughout the United States, the highways and commercial trucking are what drive the national economy. These eighteen-wheelers are the lifeblood of the U.S. commerce. Trucking transportation is 620 Billion dollar a year industry. Given the large number of eighteen-wheelers on the roads, accidents occur more frequently than most people realize.
- Roughly half a million accidents involving 18-wheelers, also known as semis or semi-tractor trailer trucks, occur every year. Approximately 5,000 of the 500,000 truck accidents that occur annually result in a fatality.
- 5,000 of the 40,000 motor vehicle related fatalities that occur every year involve large tractor-trailer type trucks. Occupants in passenger vehicles that that are involved in crashes with eighteen-wheelers account for 98% percent of those 5,000 fatalities.
Causes of 18-Wheeler / Tractor Truck Accidents
There are several causes of tractor-trailer accidents. Truck drivers are expected to work long hours. Often times truck drivers are pushing to meet delivery deadlines and as a result become fatigued or are forced to drive on little sleep. Driving under these conditions is inherently dangerous. 18-wheelers also have more blind spots than the average motor vehicle. Frequently truck drivers will proceed to change lanes or make turns without realizing an automobile is in their blind spot. This can result in the semi side swiping the automobile. However, all passenger vehicles have a duty to accommodate an 18-wheeler’s blind spot. Mechanical failure, drug and alcohol use are some of the other causes of accidents.
For a free initial consultation, call our Boston area tractor-trailer truck accident lawyers to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step towards getting fair compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
Brockton MA Truck Accidents & Wrongful Death Attorneys
Compassionate Accident Attorneys With A Proven Track Record And Experience In Dealing With Insurance Companies
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Massachusetts call us today and speak with one of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. The earlier we get involved the better our chances of gathering all the evidence. If we can get involved early in the process then we will be able to get a handle on all the circumstances surrounding the accident. Our investigation may reveal several causes:
- Texting while driving;
- Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Truck driver fatigue;
- Incomplete of inadequate truck driver training;
- Failure by the trucking company to adequately inspect the truck.
To schedule your free consultation with The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan call our attorneys today. With offices conveniently located in Quincy, Brockton and Taunton we represent 18 wheeler-truck accident victims all over the state of Massachusetts.
Our law firm is well regarded when it comes to getting satisfactory results for our clients. If you have been injured in an accident caused the by the careless or negligent actions of someone else, we can help you get the compensation you need to get proper medical treatment as well as to help you cover costs related to your accident including for any lost income while you are unable to work.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call an experienced Brockton, MA Personal Injury Lawyer to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to obtain civil justice and compensation for your injuries. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
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