Wrecks Involving Commercial Trucks

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Big rig or 18 wheeler gets into an accident, the damage

Whenever there is an accident that involves a semi-tractor trailer truck, the potential for expensive property damage and severe bodily injury is great. 18 wheeler/big rig accidents in Nevada, and especially the Las Vegas area, have a higher rate of seriousness compared to their actual percentage of fatal accidents. In other words, when a big rig or 18 wheeler gets into an accident, the damage will be severe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large truck accidents account for 11% of crashes in 2008. Of these, there were 4,229 fatalities and 90,000 injuries from large truck accidents across the country; 304 fatal large truck accidents occurred in California that year.

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A rollover accident involving a commercial vehicle,

Rollover accidents, particularly those associated with large commercial vehicles, are some of the deadliest on the road. Anything that can be done to prevent these types of accidents should be legally required. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your caseNew crash tests and analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes -- with deadly consequences. The Institute is petitioning the federal government to require stronger underride guards that will remain in place during a crash and to mandate guards for more large trucks and trailers

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Hitting the back of a large truck is a game changer

"Cars' front-end structures are designed to manage a tremendous amount of crash energy in a way that minimizes injuries for their occupants," says Adrian Lund, Institute president. "Hitting the back of a large truck is a game changer. You might be riding in a vehicle that earns top marks in frontal crash tests, but if the truck's underride guard fails -- or isn't there at all -- your chances of walking away from even a relatively low-speed crash aren't good.Rear guards are the main countermeasure for reducing underride deaths and injuries when a passenger vehicle crashes into the back of a tractor-trailer. In 2009, 70 percent of the 3,163 people who died in all large truck crashes were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. Underride makes death or serious injury more likely since the upper part of the passenger vehicle's occupant compartment typically crushes as the truck body intrudes into the vehicle safety cage.

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In the past 50 years, thousand of motorists and truck drivers have been killed and/or injured in large trucking accidents

In the past 50 years, thousand of motorists and truck drivers have been killed and/or injured in large trucking accidents primarily resulting from driver error and negligent maintenance by trucking companies. Unsafe driving, over-sized loads and other acts of negligence have put the public as well as truck operators in dangerThe tremendous difference in size and weight between passenger vehicles and large trucks make visualization of catastrophic injury easy. However, more so than the difference in size and weight between passenger vehicles and large trucks are at issue. For example, it will take a 40 ton 18-wheeler driving at 65 miles an hour and additional 100 feet to stop than were it traveling at 55 miles an hour. Given this, it is not surprising that typical big rig accidents usually involve rear-end collisions. Jack-knifed trailers, right hand squeeze, and break failure are also common accidents involving large trucks.

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Overall decline in highway deaths

NHTSA Is Not Focusing On This Increasing Danger In releasing these results as part of its report, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood chose to focus upon an overall decline in highway deaths across the country, to the lowest levels since 1949. "While we have more work to do to continue to protect American motorists, these numbers show we're making historic progress when it comes to improving safety on our nation's roadways," said Secretary LaHood. "Thanks to the tireless work of our safety agencies and partner organizations over the past few decades, to save lives and reduce injuries, we're saving lives, reducing injuries, and building the foundation for what we hope will be even greater success in the future." However, what is also true is that the new report reveals that fatalities rose among pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and large truck occupants. As shown in the report's chart below, there's been an increase in deaths

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Successfully Litigating A Commercial Truck Wreck Requires A Knowledgeable Attorney

Successfully Litigating A Commercial Truck Wreck Requires A Knowledgeable Attorney Resolving commercial truck wrecks has very little in common with dealing with car accident situations. With commercial truck accidents, you have to deal with the company, as well as consider the individual driver, and any insurance agents or lawyers that the company and driver may hire. With so many different moving parts, it is essential to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side to be your advocate through the entire process. Do not let a wreck involving a commercial truck ruin your life.

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