Large commercial trucks and big rigs are a staple in American life, hauling the majority of our goods around the country, and we drive next to them on our highways every day. Unfortunately, in an instant, driver error can result in life-altering accidents.
Advocacy For You Following Devastating Trucking Accidents
At Brady Law Group, we hold trucking companies accountable for the pain caused by their rigs and the errors of their drivers. Often these companies go to great lengths to avoid liability and paying victims and their families, sometimes destroying evidence and driver’s logs or putting up great legal battles.
We are equipped to handle these tactics and fight on your behalf. Our team of lawyers works with experts and forensic reconstructionists to show the driver’s error and hold trucking companies accountable.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a semitruck accident, call us immediately. We will fight to hold the trucking companies accountable for the pain you have suffered. Call our San Francisco law offices today at 800-881-9011.
Some of the leading causes of these accidents are driver fatigue, improper loads, unbalanced loads, maintenance and repair issues, unqualified or poorly screened drivers and distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 413,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collisions in the United States in the year 2007. Out of those 413,000 crashes, more than 100,000 people were injured and roughly 4,800 were killed. One out of every nine U.S. traffic fatalities in 2007 resulted from a collision with a large truck. Approximately 7 percent of the fatal traffic accidents in California in 2007, and 12 percent of all fatal traffic accidents nationwide, involved large trucks.
Large commercial trucks are generally considered to be those with a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of people killed in multi-vehicle accidents involving large trucks were occupants of the other vehicles. In fact, based on the 2007 NHTSA data, occupants of passenger vehicles involved in multi-vehicle accidents with large trucks were approximately 12 times more likely to die than the occupants of the large trucks. Of the fatalities and injuries that resulted from crashes involving large trucks in 2007, more than 75 percent were occupants of another vehicle.