Of all traffic collisions, those involving large commercial trucks are often the most serious. The extent of property damage and injury that may be caused in a truck accident is directly related to the immense size and weight of large trucks. According to the NHTSA, a large truck is a vehicle with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more. A fully loaded 18 wheeler, semi truck or tractor trailer may weigh up to 80,000 pounds or even more with a special oversized vehicle permit. When you consider a vehicle of this weight involved in a collision with a typical passenger car that may weigh only 2,000 pounds, it is easy to see why the smaller vehicle will most likely sustain serious damage while the truck and its occupants may make it through unscathed.
Potential Causes of Truck Accidents
A truck accident may be caused by driver negligence. Speeding, drunk driving, driving while distracted and other types of negligent driving may cause a truck accident to occur. Large trucks are also susceptible to being involved in accidents that are caused by specific conditions that apply only to these large vehicles, including an improperly balanced load, an overloaded trailer or improper maintenance of the truck engine or parts. Commercial trucks are also more severely impacted by heavy weather conditions such as rain, snow and wind.
Talking to an attorney is an important undertaking if you or someone you know has been injured in a collision with a large truck. We handle claims of this kind for clients in all walks of life, taking care to provide personalized, compassionate attention as we keep our clients well-informed of our progress in seeking fair financial compensation for their injuries.
Discuss Your Potential Claim with A Northern Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident in which someone else was at fault, you should be aware that there are laws protecting you and guaranteeing your right to seek compensatory damages. Contact Us today to set up a free initial consultation at (859) 715-0466
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