TRUCK / COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Information for Victims of Commercial Truck Accidents
When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck and their own passenger vehicle, the results are virtually always catastrophic. From whiplash injuries to broken bones to wrongful death, emergency response crews have seen every type of injury stem from these accidents.
Facts About Commercial Trucks
- A fully-loaded commercial vehicle can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
- Truckers have to record their driving and resting hours in a driving log.
- Many drivers and trucking companies encourage falsifying logs.
- Truckers are not allowed to drive more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours.
- One survey of truckers revealed that around 30 percent of truckers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at some point during the previous month.
- The U.S. DOT released data indicating that approximately 30 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused by mechanical failure such as brake defects.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted research which revealed that large trucks account for approximately 12 percent of total traffic fatalities annually.
To make matters worse, many truck drivers have been driving and carrying cargo for long hours, leading to serious fatigue. The Missouri State law regarding maximum driving time allows these truckers to drive up to eleven consecutive hours in some cases. Major types of commercial vehicle accidents include:
- 18 Wheeler accidents
- Deliver Truck accidents
- Overloaded Trucks/Falling Debris
- Poor Maintenance/ Defective Truck
- Tired and Impaired Drivers
- Tractor Trailer accidents
If you or someone you love has suffered any type of injury due to a commercial truck accident, immediately speak to a Kansas City personal injury attorney at our office. You may be entitled to pursue compensation if a truck driver’s negligent behavior led to your injuries.