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Commercial Trucks Can Cause Some of Severest Accidents

Consider the size and dimensions of a large big rig or semi truck:

  • Can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (or more, if improperly loaded)
  • Max vehicle width is 102 inches or 8.5 feet
  • Max vehicle height is 14 feet (some exceptions for trucks that travel on low-clearance roads)
  • There is no overall length limit, but there is a 48-foot minimum length limit for the trailer portion of semi-trucks

The larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. This can make it difficult for truck drivers to see passenger vehicles. The large size also makes it difficult to brake quickly. Put simply, there is much that can go wrong with semi-trucks.

If you or a loved one was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a large truck, contact Bostwick & Peterson, LLP.

About Tractor Trailer Accidents

The commercial trucking industry operates every day of the week and every hour of the day. Of all of the massive truck sharing our roads, none are larger than tractor trailers which can weigh up to 35 times more than an average passenger car.

The accident statistics involving tractor trailers are frightening:

  • There are more than 400,000 accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers each year in the United States.
  • Someone is either injured or killed in a truck accident somewhere in the nation every 16 minutes.
  • Approximately 3,700 family vehicle occupants lose their lives in truck accidents annually.
  • More than 25 % of truck drivers involved in a fatal accident have had a prior conviction for speeding.

Suing a Trucking Company for Negligence

In the event that you or someone you love is involved in an accident with a big rig, bus, or large commercial vehicle, you may have cause for a negligence claim against the trucking company, driver, or potentially some third parties.

Examples of lawsuits that could be filed in a truck accident case:

  • A truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and causes an accident.
    A lawsuit could be filed against a trucking company for failing to monitor their employee’s Hours of Service.

  • A truck driver disobeys traffic laws (ex: speeding).
    A negligence claim could be filed against the truck driver.

  • A mechanical defect causes the truck to malfunction during operation.
    A claim could be filed against the manufacturer of that defective part.

Understanding T-Bone Truck Collisions

Often referred to as side-impact collisions, T-bone accidents are extremely hazardous as the only protection between you and the colliding vehicle is a door. When a commercial truck is involved, the consequences are often devastating or fatal. Side airbags can reduce some injuries but don't offer a great degree of protection, particularly when the collision involves large commercial vehicles. Further adding to the risk of serious injury is the fact that T-bone accidents usually involve higher speeds and no braking or reduction of speed or maneuver to avoid a collision. This is frequently due to the fact that these accidents often occur when a reckless driver runs a red light, stop sign, or fails to come to a halt in any cross traffic.

Choosing Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for Your Claim

The San Francisco accident lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP have won more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients throughout California. Our attorneys have also garnered awards such as Best Law Firms by U.S. News, AV Preeminent, and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident with a semi-truck, we invite you to contact our firm for a free review of your case. Call us today at 888-831-8448 to reach our team.

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