Interstate Trucking Accidents

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Interstate Trucking Accidents

Every accident involving an 18 wheeler is scary. Although accidents involving big rigs are less likely than accidents involving any other type of vehicle, more fatalities occur due to the size of the truck.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that annually 500,000 accidents involving trucks occur. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that in 2010, 72 percent of deaths occurring from truck accidents were occupants in a different vehicle. Only 14 percent of the deaths were occupants in the truck.

As in every accident, knowing your rights is essential. Interstate trucking accidents can be a little trickier though. The following is a basic guide to help you if you are involved in a big rig accident.

Common Causes of Accidents

There are multiple reasons for trucking accidents. From a deer jumping in the road to a tire blowing out, there are endless possibilities. Here are the most common reasons:

In accidents caused by the truck driver, 87% were due to driver fatigue. Trucking companies push to have products arrive on time, and sometimes this need is a priority before the driver’s safety. Because of the constant urgency to fulfill an order, different types of negligence may cause an accident.

Documenting the exact negligence that caused the accident is vital in winning your case. Common instances of negligence include:

When Is the Truck Driver Liable for Injuries?

Truck drivers can be held liable in two situations: the accident was intentional, or the driver is an independent contractor. If the driver can prove the accident was unintentional, and he is an employee of a trucking company, most likely the trucking company is held responsible for damages.

When Is the Trucking Company Liable for Injuries?

Under the "Respondeat superior" theory, employers are always held responsible for an accident involving an employee, unless the accident was intentional. There are multiple reasons an accident can occur that could place direct blame on the trucking company:

Do I Need a Lawyer?

When a truck is involved in an accident, the trucking company will usually send out its own lawyers to the scene to try to clear up any problems and protect their interests. If you are injured in an accident with a large truck you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. An experienced lawyer can protect your rights and advise you of what remedies are available.

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Last Modified: 10-03-2016 02:38 PM PDT

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