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Types of Accidents Involving Big Rigs

Trucking accidents occur with startling frequency on the roads of America each year. Accidents can be caused by negligence, equipment failure, manufacturing design defects, and more.

Free Trucking Accident Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been involved in a big rig or 18 wheeler accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in the United States as a result of big rig trucking accidents. The collisions that cause these injuries and deaths occur through the negligence of truck drivers, trucking companies, driver error, equipment failure, and / or a manufacturing design defect in the truck itself.

What are some of the common causes of big rig accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most frequent causes of tractor trailer accidents occur when:

  • The truck driver moves outside his lane
  • The driver loses control of his vehicle because his cargo shifts
  • The big rig operator is traveling at an unsafe speed
  • There is a vehicle systems failure
  • There are poor road conditions
  • The truck driver collides with the rear end of the vehicle directly in front of him because he is following too closely.

There are a variety of other variables that can lead to accidents with a big rig truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists common factors as: brake problems; fatigue; prescription or OTC drug use; traffic flow interruption caused by congestion or roadway accidents; the truck driver’s lack of familiarity with the road itself, and failure to stop at a traffic signal or crosswalk before a crash occurs.

Do I Have a Trucking Accident Lawsuit?

The Personal Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in big rig & 18 wheeler lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new trucking accident cases in all 50 states.

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