Everyone is used to driving on the highway with large trucks. But they expect the truck drivers to know what they’re doing and for the vehicles to be stable and safe. When a driver or trucking company acts negligently, people can sustain severe injuries or even lose their lives. After an accident with a commercial vehicle, the dependable Little Rock truck accident lawyers from McMath Woods P.A. can help you get your life back in order. Our attorneys will do whatever they can to defend your rights.
The lawyers at McMath Woods P.A. have been looking out for the people of Arkansas for years. We understand how a truck accident can completely upend your life. When you’re balancing recovery, bills, and insurance claims, it can be too much and you may get caught in a situation where you get a settlement that’s less than what you’re owed. We won’t let that happen.
Commercial Truck Accident Statistics
Truck accidents easily cause injuries and sometimes fatalities because of their size and weight. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), truck crashes have caused the following in 2014:
- 11,000 people were injured in truck accidents.
- 3,903 people lost their lives in truck accidents.
- About 438,000 large trucks were in police-reported accidents.
Truck wrecks harm a large number of people every year. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you don’t have to make the claim on your own. McMath Woods P.A. is dedicated to helping injured parties stand up to trucking companies and get the compensation they deserve.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Arkansas
Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons, but one thing that unifies them is that they’re usually caused by negligence and were preventable. All it takes is for someone to make a risky decision and the result could be injuring someone else in a truck accident.
Causes of truck accidents include:
- Weight Exceeds Truck Limitations. Semi-trucks can bear a certain amount of weight. If the cargo exceeds that weight, it would put too much stress on the truck. It could cause something to weaken or break and cause an accident.
- Improper Distribution. The cargo needs to be placed in the truck so it bears an even weight. Having too much weight up front or in back could throw the truck off balance and the driver could lose control of the vehicle.
- Driver Fatigue. Truck drivers often drive long hours for days on end. While they’re supposed to take breaks to sleep, they may choose to adhere to their schedule than rest. Exhausted drivers can fall asleep at the wheel and drift into other lanes or run off the road.
- Truck Error. Driving a truck takes skill and practice. An untrained or inattentive driver may not give themselves and other drivers enough time to signal a turn or a lane change, or may try to maneuver when they’re going too fast.
- Distracted Driving. This mistake isn’t unique to truck drivers, but many people drive while they’re distracted and cause accidents.
- Mechanical Failure. Trucking companies are supposed to regularly inspect their trucks to make sure they’re safe to drive. Failing to do so could mean putting a truck with faulty brakes, a bad engine, or broken steering wheel on the road. There’s also a chance that the manufacturer of a truck part made a defective product that broke while the truck was being driven.
What Are the Main Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents?
Tractor trailers are much heavier than cars and tend to cause more serious injuries in an accident. Some of the injuries can be catastrophic, which are debilitating injuries that can last for the rest of the person’s life.
- Traumatic Brain/Head Injuries. The impact of a collision can potentially cause brain damage or head injuries that could affect cognition or memory. These injuries usually need medical attention and could take a long time to heal.
- Neck/Spinal Cord Injuries. These injuries can cause permanent damage to the area below the injury site. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis or issues with mobility.
- Loss of Limb. People can lose arms or legs in severe truck accidents.
- Broken Bones. While these injuries aren’t as severe, a broken bone can take a long time to heal and prevent people from working.
- Burn Injuries. A truck accident can cause painful burn injuries. While injuries to the first and second layers of skin can hurt and may require medical attention, severe burns can cause nerve damage and will need immediate medical attention.
- Fatalities. It’s possible for truck accidents to cause fatalities. If you’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident, you can seek justice for them. McMath Woods P.A. can help you with your wrongful death claim. We realize this won’t undo the loss, but you can have peace of mind that you stood up for your loved one’s rights.
All these injuries could leave you with medical bills, inability to work for a long time, or an injury could make you have to change the way you live your life forever. When these painful experiences happen because of someone else’s negligence, someone needs to hold them accountable.
Get Peace of Mind from a Little Rock Truck Accident Lawyer
McMath Woods P.A. will stand by your side and fight to get you the compensation you need. We’ll do everything to get you a favorable settlement that will help cover costs of medical bills and future medical care, lost wages, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.
For a free consultation, get in touch with us today. The sooner you contact one of our Arkansas truck accident attorneys, the sooner you can rest easy that someone is looking out for your best interests.