Commercial vehicle accidents happen every day and often result in serious injury or death. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), approximately 475,000 commercial vehicle accidents occur each year. Over 3,500 of those accidents were fatal, and over 104,000 resulted in injury.
Commercial vehicle accidents typically leave victims in pain and distress. If you were involved in a commercial vehicle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. Joseph T. Welsh, Attorney at Law can help you navigate the legal system and get the justice you deserve.
Unfortunately, commercial vehicle and truck accidents take place due to negligence. Federal data concludes that commercial truck drivers contribute to more than half of commercial vehicle crashes each year.
It's important to know the root of most commercial vehicle accidents so you can stay safe and identify when you have the basis to file a claim. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Driver error
- Equipment malfunction
- Roadway problems
- Driver fatigue
Commercial vehicles and trucks are heavier than other cars and can therefore create more damage in a typical accident. A heavy-duty tractor-trailer can be up to 60 feet long and weigh over 30,000 pounds. Especially when cyclists and pedestrians are involved, the injuries sustained can be severe and sometimes fatal.
The most common injuries resulting from a commercial vehicle collision include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
If negligence caused your truck accident, you might have grounds to file a claim against the driver, their company, or truck manufacturer. Filing a personal injury claim in a commercial truck accident case is a complex procedure, so it's best to consult with an experienced attorney before getting started.
Joseph Welsh is a Southwest Kansas personal injury attorney committed to helping victims get the justice they deserve. He works with his clients every step of the way to help them recover what they need and hold offenders accountable. Joseph treats you like a person, not a case, and always has your best interest in mind. Contact the Law Office of Joseph T. Welsh today at (620) 510-5030 to receive a free case evaluation!