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What You Need Know About the Difference Between Truck Accidents and Other Auto Accidents

truck accidentIf you have recently been involved in an accident involving a large vehicle like a tractor-trailer, you might have suffered severe injuries. If you were seriously hurt, you might have to take time off work while you’re being treated, which can lead to lost income and steep medical debt. 

The truck accident lawyers at Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. understand what you are going through. If the truck accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve a chance to hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence. Over the last 50 years, Ronald J. Resmini has helped countless clients recover the compensation they needed to get back to normal through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Now, teamed up with his sons, Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. is ready to help you.

There are a few key differences between truck accidents and other auto accidents that are important to keep in mind as you go through the claims process. 

Size Makes a Difference

18-wheeler truck accidentSometimes, it is important to state the obvious. Commercial trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles. A passenger vehicle usually weighs about 4,000 pounds. A truck, however, might weigh as much as 40 tons. That’s equal to about 80,000 pounds.

Due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, large trucks have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries and property damage in a collision. Unfortunately, occupants of passenger vehicles typically suffer the most severe injuries when involved in an accident with a commercial truck.

Who is Liable For Damages After a Trucking Accident?

Car accident cases tend to be mostly straightforward, but determining liability when a commercial truck is involved can be much more complex. That’s because multiple parties could potentially have contributed to a truck accident. For instance, if the trucking company failed to properly maintain the truck or was negligent in some other way, and their negligence contributed to the accident, they could be partly responsible for compensating you. Other potentially liable parties include the truck’s manufacturer, third-party maintenance companies, and negligent cargo loaders. Many of these entities have teams of attorneys who will attempt to aggressively contest your claim, so it’s critical to have strong legal representation in your corner going into the claims process. 

What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include: 

  • Driver fatigueFMCSA regulations are very specific about how many consecutive hours a commercial truck operator can drive, how often they must take a break, and how long those breaks must be. Under pressure from their employer to meet deadlines, it is common for drivers to break these laws. When a driver is sleep-deprived, fatigue can slow their reaction time, interfere with their motor function, and impair their ability to make rational judgement calls. It may even cause them to fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Speeding or traffic violations – Truck drivers speed for many reasons, though it often has to do with meeting a delivery deadline. When truck drivers speed or engage in other reckless driving behaviors, they increase the likelihood of an accident. 
  • Drug and alcohol use – The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs are well-documented. Since truck drivers are often battling fatigue, the temptation for them to take stimulants is high. Drugs and alcohol can lead to impairment and delayed response times. 
  • Mechanical or engine malfunction – Driver error is the cause of many truck accidents, but not all. Sometimes a mechanical malfunction is to blame. If a truck’s brakes, tires, engine, or other mechanical components cease to work properly, an accident can occur. 
  • Unbalanced or unsecured loads – Sometimes a truck’s cargo might become imbalanced or even fall off the truck during transit. This usually happens because the cargo was improperly loaded or tied down. Cargo that has spilled onto the road poses an immediate threat to other motorists.
  • Unskilled or unqualified drivers – Anyone who has ever driven a large truck can attest to the fact that trucks are much more difficult to operate than passenger vehicles. This is why truck drivers must go through rigorous training to obtain their commercial driver’s license. If a trucking company has hired an unqualified or unlicensed driver, their lack of experience may be hazardous to other motorists.

If you have been injured in a truck accident that was not your fault, you have a legal right in Rhode Island to pursue compensation from the party or parties who contributed to the accident.

Do I Need a Providence Truck Accident Attorney?

At Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., our experienced Providence truck accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you seek the compensation you deserve. We will work quickly to gather and preserve evidence of liability, and build a robust case on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to call us at (401) 751-8855 to set up a free consultation today!

Why Is There a Surge in Truck Accidents Nationwide?

Providence Truck Accident Attorney Discusses the Surge in Truck Accidents Nationwide
Providence Truck Accident Attorney Discusses the Surge in Truck Accidents Nationwide

The most deadly and costly occurring accidents are those involving trucks. One out of every eight automotive accident fatalities involve large trucks such as big rigs, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, eighty-six percent of fatalities and seventy-seven percent of those injured are the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles involved in the crash.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents occur an average of eleven times a day in the United States. These accidents result in over 100,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths each year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there has been an increase in fatalities involving large trucks – trucks such as 18-wheelers and semis. Accidents involving large trucks result in multiple-vehicle accidents, causing more deaths and injuries to a larger group of people.

Truck accidents occur for a wide variety of reasons, the most common causes are driver error, mechanical failures, and conditions such as poor weather, traffic signal failure and road issues.

Although there are laws regarding the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road each day, these laws are rarely followed. Drivers are not getting sufficient sleep due to tight deadlines, in fact, most trucking accidents are caused by driver fatigue and sleep deprivation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a study that found that eight-eight percent of trucking accidents were due to driver error.

The second most common cause of truck accidents is related to truck maintenance issues. Most truck accidents caused by mechanical issues are due to improper maintenance. The most common problem with commercial trucks are unsafe brakes.

Because a truck is much bigger and heavier than a car, when a car and a truck are involved in an accident, the car suffers most of the damage and the driver is more likely to suffer serious injury or death.

Speeding poses another danger. Speeding along with being unfamiliar with the road causes many truck accidents. The truck driver may be unable to reduce his speed if traffic suddenly slows or if an obstacle appears in the road. The size of the truck along with the momentum results in the truck being unable to slow down enough to avoid causing an accident.

Rear end collisions caused by tailgating. Many truck drivers are on a tight deadline and will “ride the bumper” of the car in front of them. This type of aggressive, intimidating driving endangers everyone on the road and greatly increases the chance of a rear end collision, and unlike a rear end collision with another automobile, most rear end collisions with trucks result in a fatality.

There are also some issues related to the size of the truck itself. Trucks have blind spots just like cars do. However, the blind spots on trucks are much larger and not include the sides but also directly in the rear. Trucks also require larger braking zones to avoid accidents.

Truck accidents can be devastating and can cause critical injuries to accident victims such as burns, neck and back injuries, broken bones, bone fractures, internal injuries, brain injuries and the worst possible injury – death.

Victims of truck accidents can incur major financial expenses related to medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time off work. The families of people killed in truck accidents incur additional expenses related to lost time at work and funeral expenses.

If you or a family member have been involved in a truck accident it is crucial that you hire an experienced lawyer. Many trucking companies and insurance providers will try to avoid taking responsibility for the accident. They may also encourage you to accept less of a settlement than you’re entitled. to.

When you’re trying to recover from the injuries sustained in a truck accident or deal with the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to figure out what to do. You’ll require the services of an experienced Providence Truck Accident Attorney.

Hiring the right Providence Personal Injury Attorney for Your Truck Accident Injury Case

When choosing a Rhode Island Attorney to represent you, it is important that you choose someone with specific experience in truck accident case. There are two reasons why this is especially important:

  • Your lawyer must be thoroughly familiar with federal and state trucking regulations.
  • Your lawyer must understand the long-term ramifications of catastrophic injuries and the costs and damages involved.

For the expertise that comes with four decades of focused experience in truck accidents and serious personal injury cases in Rhode Island, choose the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd..
Call today for a free consultation. You’ll have no out-of pocket expenses, and you’ll only pay legal fees if we win money for you and your family.

Don’t wait. Let us begin our investigation now, while evidence is still fresh and before statutory time limits expire. Call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today at 401.751.8855 to speak with an experienced Providence Truck Accident Attorney.

Written By: Ronald J. Resmini

Last Updated : Monday, July 11, 2022