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Accident Type - Commercial Truck Accident
Commercial trucks contribute to moving the nations goods, but also contribute to many serious and fata accidents
The commercial trucking industry in the United States is huge, more massive than most people are aware.
Insight into its size and growth is given in these startling statistics illustrated in an infographic from the Business Insider:
- 3 million 18-wheel commercial trucks are registered in the U.S.;
- 52,300,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel are used in the industry annually;
- The total distance traveled by commercial trucks in highway miles would stretch 3,755,351 times around the earth - annually;
- The trucking industry collects $650 billion in annual revenue, which is 5% of America’s gross domestic product.
- In 2012, 3921 people died in trucking crashes and 104,000 were injured.
Given these statistics, it is easy to see how this massive industry contributes to a massive problem - commercial trucking crashes.
What should you do if you have been involved in a collision with a commercial truck?
Anyone who has been involved in a trucking accident knows how scary and stressful the experience is, both during and after the crash. People who survive are often left with serious, long-term, or permanent injuries. And since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than typical passenger vehicles, the rate of fatality truck accidents is significant.
After a crash with a commercial truck, injured people, and the families of those who are killed, have many decisions that need to be made as they try to heal and move forward in life. Dealing with injuries, medical bills, damaged vehicles, lost wages, and grief caused by a loved one’s death, can be overwhelming. It is crucial to get all available help, including legal help to manage the personal injury claim, so that healing can begin physically, emotionally, and financially.
Unfortunate though it is, many trucking companies and their insurers will wish to avoid paying full and fair compensation to yourself and your passengers for your injuries and other damages.
First, remember to get all the information about the trucking company and the driver together.
Hit by a semi-truck? You likely have dozens of questions.
See if these aren’t some of them. And hey, you’ll get plain-English (non “lawyer-speak”) answers you can understand too.
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