The feeling of devastation when a loved one is lost to a tragic accident is unspeakable. It is sad but true that truck accidents lead to thousands of deaths every year due to their size and the high speeds at which they travel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 alone there were a reported 3,619 fatalities nationwide due to large truck and bus accidents. In addition, there were a reported 60,000 more individuals injured in such accidents and 278,000 reports of property damage. This lead to an estimated cost of about 48 billion dollars for commercial motor vehicle crashes.
Fourteen percent of these truck accident fatalities were truck occupants, while seventy percent were passenger vehicle occupants, and another fourteen percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. In fatal two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck, 98 percent of the deaths were the occupants in the passenger vehicles. Furthermore, large trucks were involved in 9 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths and 20 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes (Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2011)
It’s clear that large trucks are dangerous. There are so many risk factors in operating such massive vehicles, and the damage they can cause is truly devastating. The risk can be made worse by distracted truck drivers who have not been properly trained or are forced to drive for too many hours. In many cases, a fatal truck accident could have been avoided if the trucks were properly maintained, or the drivers were following rules or not forced to drive unrealistic hours.
There is no true compensation for the loss of a loved one. When you lose someone in a tragic accident, the only thing you can do is fight for justice. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured in a trucking accident, do not wait to seek legal help. While you deliberate, trucking companies are working to establish their case and minimize their liability.
Call McEldrew Law now at 1-800-590-4116 for a free consultation. You will not be charged a penny until we recover damages on your behalf. Contact McEldrew Law today and get the help you deserve.
The Department of Transportation estimates that over 100,000 Americans suffer truck accident injuries every year. This is due to what is called structural incompatibility. When a passenger car and 18-wheeler collide, the large truck often causes catastrophic damage to the smaller vehicle, crushing the car’s passenger compartment and resulting in serious or fatal injuries. Listed below are some of the most common catastrophic injuries and their impact.
- Traumatic brain injury – brain injury is another common result of trucking accidents. It is caused by major trauma to the skull. Injuries to the brain can affect speech and motor skills, as well as memory and emotional functions. Some effects, such as speech, may be recovered with rehabilitation, but others may never be fully restored.
- Serious back and neck injuries – such injuries are common to trucking accidents due to the devastating impact of a collision. The pain from a back or neck injury may vary from uncomfortable to excruciating. The victim may require a walking device or other aids to perform daily tasks.
- Spinal cord injury – trauma to the spinal cord is a typical injury resulting from trucking accidents. Depending on the severity, these injuries can result in severe nerve damage or even paralysis. Victims may be left with partial or no use of their limbs, and may require breathing assistance as well as wheelchair and 24-hour caregiver aid.
- Severe burns –extreme heat caused by fire or explosion after a truck accident can result in severe burns. Burn damage can require extensive surgeries – and even after multiple procedures, such as skin grafting, the victim may be left with severe scarring and painful side effects.
- Amputations – serious truck injuries may require life saving surgery such as the amputation of arms or legs. Although this is tragic, victims can undergo physical therapy to restore their quality of life, though they may need prosthetic limbs in order to recover mobility.
At McEldrew Law we pride ourselves on our expertise in dealing with the complex medical ramifications of injuries sustained in trucking accidents. We understand the heartbreak that comes from a catastrophic injury, but also feel that it is helpful if our clients have a working knowledge of the types of injuries that can occur from a trucking accident.
If your family is in need of advice about your legal options in the aftermath of a devastating truck accident injury, contact an experienced Philadelphia truck accident lawyer today. Founding attorney Jim McEldrew has almost 30 years of trial experience with complex personal injury. Over the years, he has developed close working relationships with outstanding medical professionals, whose evaluation and expert conclusions will be an essential feature of your claim for damages. Get a free consultation now, or call 1-800-590-4116 for an experienced truck accident lawyer’s advice.