Semi-truck accidents are personal to me. When I was five years old, we crashed underneath a semi that had gotten stuck trying to do a U-turn across the road. To this day, it still makes me uncomfortable when a semi turns in front of me. One of the major challenges one faces, when involved in an accident with such a large vehicle, is that the full symptoms of the injuries may not show up immediately, but the insurance company for these large companies will try and get you to settle your claim as quickly as possible, and for the very least amount that they can. A neighbor of mine told me about an accident he had with a well-known trucking company. They hurried everything along and got him to sign that he was fine and they give a ridiculously small amount of money. Years later, he spent far more than the settlement to get everything back in order, and today, he wishes, he would have hired an attorney. What most people don't know is that, because these trucks are so large and have the potential to do so much damage, there are very specific rules that the trucking companies and the drivers of these trucks must follow, but they only have to keep the records showing whether or not they follow these rules for a short period of time after an accident. There is nothing worse than when a client calls us after these records have been destroyed and the evidence of how they broke the rules is gone forever. That's why you must call us ASAP, so we can keep the trucking company from destroying the evidence that will prove your case. If you or a loved one have had the unfortunate experience of being hurt by a commercial vehicle or semi, call our office today, and we can look into what options might be available for you. We can't make fully right what has happened, but working with the professionals at our law firm gives you the best option for maximizing your recovery. Call us today, and we can have a free and confidential discussion about your case.
Trucks are not cars, and it's important to note that truck accident cases vary from car accident cases in important ways, and that makes them far more complex than other accident cases. The attorneys of Epperly & Follis, P.C., have 15 years of experience in truck accident litigation, and our team will work hard to show that the driver, trucking company, or maintenance worker failed to exercise a duty of reasonable care, which ultimately caused the accident and resulting injuries.
David Epperly has previously represented a major trucking company and has gained vast experience in how to handle truck accidents that he now uses to represent victims of trucking accidents.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, it has likely resulted in a serious injury or wrongful death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012:
- There were 104,000 truck-crash injuries in 2012
- 76,000, or 73 percent of those hurt, were occupants of other vehicles
- 25,000, or 24 percent, were occupants of large trucks
- 3,000, or 3 percent, were non-occupants of vehicles -- meaning bystanders, pedestrians, and cyclists.
- NHTSA also found that of the 3,971 fatal truck crashes in 2012
- 2,843, or 73 percent of those killed, were occupants of other vehicles
- 697, or 18 percent, were occupants of large trucks
- 381, or 10 percent, were non-occupants of vehicles
These figures show that when it comes to truck crashes, drivers and passengers of other vehicles are nearly three times more likely to be injured than truck drivers and truck occupants.
The causes of most truck accidents tend to fall into two general categories: driver error and vehicle maintenance failure. The most common cause of driver error is fatigue, which can cause clouded judgment, drowsiness, and falling asleep at the wheel. Driver error can also be due to inexperience, improper driver training and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether prescription or illegal). Deregulation of the trucking industry has resulted in an increase in speed-limit violations among tractor-trailer drivers as well.
Other cited reasons truck accidents:
- Driver fatigue
- Overly demanding truck driver schedules
- Failure to properly inspect tires, brakes and lights
- Long work-shifts
- Cell phone use
- Failure to install blind spot mirrors
- Dangerous lane changes
- Aggressive Truck Driving
- Driving over the speed limit
The after-effects of a collision with a truck include death and gravely serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury or other brain damage; open head wounds; paralysis; spinal cord injury; back injury; broken bones; loss of limbs, and internal bleeding. In addition, there are lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. The attorneys of Epperly & Follis want to help you take action, so you receive the fair compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a tractor trailer accident, it is essential that you quickly retain an attorney who has experience in litigating truck accident cases. Epperly & Follis is on your side, and we are prepared to help you through this difficult litigation while seeking financial compensation for your losses. Please contact Epperly & Follis today for a free consultation at 1-888-703-0109 or (804) 648-6480, or contact us via our online Contact Form.