Garcia & Artigliere is a national law firm serving seriously injured people, victims of wrongful death, and disenfranchised consumers in trucking, big rigs, commercial trucks, and semi-trucking accidents. Since 2003, our successful team of trucking accident lawyers has been committed to assisting victims of negligence and wrongdoing to get you positive results quickly and efficiently. We offer convenient locations throughout the U.S., in California, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
For a free truck accident case review, call (800) 328-2630. We can advise you of your rights and options in this difficult time.
Causes of Major Trucking Accidents
There are approximately half a million trucking and semi-truck accidents every year in the U.S. Challenges often arise for truckers who travel long distances with heavy loads for a lengthy period of time. Some of the major factors contributing to trucking accidents include physical conditions, environmental conditions, and human factors. It is important to know that each factor can interlay with the other and cause further complications.
Physical conditions can form an unpredictable element to trucking accidents and may include:
- Truck weight and size – federal law regulates truck weight based on set standards
- Shifting cargo – trucking loads and hazardous materials have cargo securement rules
- Vehicle design and performance – manufacture design and performance are mandated by federal government regulations
About 23% of all traffic accidents are weather related. Other environmental factors can create dangerous situations on the roadway for large trucks, including:
- Hazardous road conditions
- Poor road maintenance
- Unpredictable weather conditions
- Dangerous road debris
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) over 78% of truck rollovers are due to driver errors that may include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drug and alcohol use
- Distractions that lead to lane drifting or going over the edge of the road
- Poor training on how to handle difficult driving conditions
- Speeding and other unsafe driving
Types of Truck Accidents
Depending on the situation, different types of semi-truck and big rig crashes may occur. 10 of the most common types of trucking accidents include:
- Jackknife trucks
- Override/Underride collisions
- Wide turns
- Truck rollovers
- Runaway trucks
- Falling debris/overloaded trucks
- Bus accidents
- Emergency vehicle accidents
- Logging truck accidents
- Truck and bicycle accidents
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today
When negligent, reckless, and wrongful acts lead to serious injuries or a wrongful death, we hit back for you – fast and hard. The truck accident lawyers of Garcia & Artigliere have been serving our clients since 2003. Across our practice areas, our attorneys have been involved with litigating matters generating more than $1.3 billion in settlements and awards for our clients and their families. At Garcia & Artigliere, there is no fee – not even court costs – unless we win your case.
For more information on how we can help you and a loved one get the care you need, contact us today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Se habla español.