If you were on the road and suddenly felt the horrible crunch of a semi-truck running into your vehicle, there is a good chance that you will find it helpful to discuss your situation with a team of semi accident lawyers Washington DC residents can rely on. The unfortunate reality of accidents with large trucks and tractor-trailers is that they happen all too often and frequently cause injuries, property damage and death to innocent people. When a semi-truck or other large commercial truck collides with smaller vehicles, it is often the smaller vehicles and the people in them that suffer the most damage.
Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial trucks can cause catastrophic injuries when they’re involved in auto accidents. Semi-trucks are huge vehicles, especially compared to your modern passenger cars which are lighter and more compact than ever. Semi-truck drivers are on the road for hours at a time. Commercial trucks tend to have poor visibility, and because of their size, take a long time to slow down and stop. As well, they cannot speed up quickly in order to avoid scenarios that have the potential to result in an accident. In other words, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks cannot maneuver quickly no matter how much a driver might try to do this. Now, add these vehicles to the already congested and dangerous roads and highways in the Washington D.C. metro area, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Semi-Truck Accident Stats:
In 2016, there were about 225 million licensed drivers in the United States. Of those 225 million, about 15.5 million of those drivers drive trucks and of that amount, there are about two million tractor-trailers on the road.
About every 15 minutes a person is either killed or seriously injured due to a trailer truck accident. Trailer trucks can often be referred to as an 18-wheeler, big rig, semi-truck or a semi. Each year in the United States, there are about 500,000 trucking accidents and about 5,000 of those accidents result in death.
It is believed that vehicle crashes will become the fifth leading cause of death in the United States by 2030.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s report on workplace fatalities the number of truck drivers who were killed on the job rose from 786 in 2016 to 840 in 2018. Given the strenuous hours, the pressure to arrive on time, the lack of sleep, trucking is a very dangerous business. And if you or your family member comes has had a semi-truck accident with a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
One huge reason for so much loss of life is the weight of a tractor trailer. The average weight of a motor vehicle is about 2.5 tons. However, a tractor-trailer can weigh 40 tons. The laws of physics make it clear that the more weight an object has the longer it takes to stop, which means it takes a tractor-trailer longer to stop than a motor vehicle. If you If your vehicle and a tractor-trailer are both on the road and driving 40 mph and you must brake a the same time, the semi-truck will need a full 45 more feet to stop completely. That is a problem is there is a car in front of that semi, especially if it is your car.
Most cars need about 306 feet to stop after they brake, but the average tractor-trailer needs 525 feet, the length of 1.5 football fields. Speed is also an important factor when applying the brakes.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 27% of trucks were found to have brake problems, 19% of drivers were unfamiliar with the route, 10% of truck drivers felt under pressure, 7% were overly tired, 3% experienced tire problems, 5% were driving in an aggressive manner, 1% percent were ill, 0.4% were under the influence of illegal substances and 0.3% had been consuming alcohol.
Among the truck deaths in 2014, 3,660 were caused by an accident with a big truck or bus, and 68% of the fatalities were passengers in motor vehicles. Of the deaths, 15% were bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has had a semi-truck accident, or you have had a loved one die as a result of a semi-truck accident, it’s important to know that the FMCSA requires all carriers to be insured. You may be eligible for a settlement or compensation for your pain, suffering and/or loss. Trucks that haul freight must carry between $750,000 and $5 million in insurance coverage, the insurance amount varies, depending on what the driver is hauling. However, insurance coverage is not coverage per person, but per incident. If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident in Washington DC dealing with insurance companies may become tricky, so you may want to contact an expert semi-truck DC accident lawyer to ensure you get the compensation that you and your family deserve.
If you are in the unfortunate situation of thinking you may need legal advice from Cohen & Cohen and the automobile accident lawyer Washington DC trusts, contact us for a free case evaluation any time of the day or night.
The tragic result of tractor-trailer truck crashes and semi-truck accidents are often, devastating injuries and even death for the drivers and passengers involved, while the at fault truckers often walk away unharmed. And even though commercial vehicles and large trucks involved in interstate commerce are highly regulated by federal and state governments, semi-truck crashes remain all too common in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
The most important thing you can do to avoid being a truck accident victim is to always be alert and practice defensive driving at all times. But even if you do everything right, you can’t stop the truck driver’s negligence. If you’ve been in a semi truck accident, you need a good truck accident lawyer. And you need one right away. The right tractor-trailer accident lawyer will know what to do in the hours and days immediately after an accident to preserve your rights and ensure that you get fair compensation for your injuries.
Semi Truck Accident Lawyers Resources:
The lawyers at Cohen & Cohen have handled many semi-truck crash cases in the past. We have successfully represented clients who suffered a catastrophic injury, property damage, and even death. If you are involved in a semi-truck accident, do not wait. Contact the experienced semi-truck accident lawyers Washington DC victims of truck accidents can count on at Cohen & Cohen, P.C., immediately.
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