If you drive on any of the highways or Interstates around Lancaster, you’ve likely encountered your fair share of large commercial and tractor-trailer trucks. Many drivers admit to feeling unnerved when one of these hulking and imposing trucks pull up alongside or directly behind their much smaller vehicle.
It turns out that drivers of smaller vehicles have good reason to feel nervous while sharing the road with large trucks, as national statistics show that more than 3,600 people were killed in truck-related crashes during 2014 alone. This number represents a 16 percent increase over the number of truck accident fatalities that were reported in 2009 and is cause for concern among many who question the safety of not only commercial trucks, but also the drivers who operate them.
Leading Causes of Truck Accidents
These are just some of the most-common factors cited as causing or contributing to the thousands of truck accidents that occur annually throughout the United States. Additional factors include alcohol and drug use, following too closely, tire problems and shifting cargo.
If You Are Involved in a Truck Accident
At times, despite your best efforts, some motor vehicle accidents are unavoidable. This is especially true when another driver is at fault in causing an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a large commercial truck, the resulting injuries and damages are likely to be serious and significant. An attorney who has experience helping truck accident victims recover compensation can help you recover compensation for your injuries, costly medical bills and lost wages.